Positive Self Talk & Songwriting Activity
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down,
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave
I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be
This is me
These lyrics from The Greatest Showman are a great example of positive self-talk. Kids and adults alike take in negative messages every day about who we are – from our surroundings, from the media, from other people, and from ourselves. These “sharp words” can cause a lot of stress, anxiety, and feelings of sadness and loneliness.
Using positive self-talk, also called self-affirmations, is a tool that we can use to combat negative thoughts and affirm what is true. As parents, teachers, or therapists, we often talk to kids about speaking kindly to others. However, we don’t often stress the importance of speaking kindly to themselves. This is something that we can model and practice with our kids, no matter how young they are!
Regularly practicing positive self-talk can help kids (and adults!) to build resilience, have a growth-oriented mindset, increase self-confidence, and form a healthy self-image.
Here are some examples of self-affirmations:
- I am smart.
- I am trying my best.
- I am strong.
- I am a good friend.
- I am loved.
- I can do hard things.
- I am safe.
- I matter.
- It’s okay to make mistakes, I can always try again.
- I am proud of myself.
- I am valuable.
One of our music therapists has put together a songwriting activity to practice positive self-talk through music! Click here: Positive Self-Talk Songwriting Printable to download the song re-writing sheet for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, and click here to watch a video from one of our music therapists talking about how to use it.
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