So I just recently finished reading a fascinating new book by Ethan Kross titled, Chatter. It’s all about that little voice that we have inside our heads, and the power that it has, when not harnessed properly, to lead us down a rabbit hole of negative self talk and endless rumination. This little voice can easily affect our moods, and if we don’t get control over it, this inner chatter can even negatively affect our physical health, as well the relationships that we have with others.
Reading it was timely for me, as I’ve noticed lately that probably due to the circumstances that we’re all in, and the year that we’ve all just had, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to keep my inner chatter harnessed and happy. This book was a perfect reconnect for me on how to focus on the positive, keep my perspective in check, and to watch how my words and actions affect the moods and daly experiences of the people that I regularly interact with.
Kross shares stories, research, anecdotes and tools around how to keep your inner voice positively framed, and your negative inner chatter at bay. What struck me the most however, was the incredible impact that the voice inside your head can have on your physical health, and how easily it can take over every aspect of your life.
Kross sums it up nicely by sharing that, “managing our inner voice has the potential to not only help us become more clear headed, but to strengthen the relationships that we share with our friends and loved ones. It can help us offer better support to the people that we care about and it will insulate us against burnout at work. In short, changing the conversations that we have with ourselves has the potential to change our lives”.
I’m not sure about you but my inner chatter is constant throughout the day, and by paying more attention to it over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to purposely frame my thoughts and experiences in a more positive light. Take this week to notice the inner conversations and monologue that you are having with yourself, and watch how these conversations are affecting your mood and relationships.
I highly recommend this book, and if nothing else, use this post to think about how your inner chatter is impacting not only your own daily experiences, but the experiences of the people around you. It’s very easy for negative thoughts and self talk to spill into your conversations with others, so be mindful of this, and find ways to keep focused on the positive, as hard as that can be at times. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other.
Quote of the Week…
The key to beating chatter isn’t to stop talking to yourself. The challenge is to figure out how to do so more effectively – Ethan Kross
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