Outside of serious mental health issues and associated symptoms, talking to yourself is a very healthy habit. It can improve memory retention especially when spoken out loud, relieve stress by unloading emotions, and increase problem-solving by exploring and testing new solutions.
Talking to oneself is also known to improve self-awareness. Through self-reflection, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can be taken into consideration. And be sure to include the very important component of talking…listening!
How many times have you been talking with a good friend or significant other and they just don’t seem to be listening? It can be frustrating, disheartening, and even get to the point where you simply don’t want to talk with this person anymore. Don’t let this happen to you when talking with yourself! Listen to yourself and seek to understand what you are saying not just to get the words out. It’s okay to say something to yourself, listen with the intent to understand, and then ask yourself questions to dig deeper.(Yes, digging is work and it will be so worth it!) So don’t only talk to yourself but listen to yourself too. What you find can be completely life-changing and lead to better conversations with yourself and others!!