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Inner Self Talk

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I think this is pretty normal for most people. I have inner selftalk going on even when I’m perfectly silent. I do this a lot when I’m struggling or I don’t know what to do. I try to think what a good friend would say if I ask for their thoughts on a subject. I have a few good friends who are very smart about life. Giving myself time to slow down to try to work things out usually works.

Of course, it doesn’t always work and I’m not always able to pause to think before reacting. Sometimes I lose my temper and my self-control for a bit. I rarely do this because I feel bad afterward and people react poorly to anyone losing their temper. I have found out the hard way, it doesn’t matter why I  got upset, and it’s still a no-win situation.

I also use my phone a lot to make sure I have a record of my thoughts and feelings on a lot of topics every day. Using my phone means I don’t need to work so hard not to forget information I might need later. I also use the notepad, calendar, and alarm features to keep track of everyday things I need to do. I keep a paper copy of things too. I reset my phone and lost everything I was keeping on it. It was a lot of work making sure I recreated everything I had on the phone before I lost my personal information.

I realize this is not the most exciting blog I have written to date. However, you might find it useful as a starting point to think about what works for you and what doesn’t work well for you. I  tried a lot of different ways to keep track of my life and for right now, this is what works best for me. Don’t worry if it takes time for you to find what works best for you. Most things in life take both time and effort to figure out. Best wishes to all my readers.