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Do you talk to yourself? Good!


Has anyone ever caught you talking to yourself? Don't feel embarrassed about it; science says there are some pretty good reasons to talk out loud to ourselves.

Self-talk can actually aid concentration and improve your performance, especially if you're speaking directions out loud.

One study even found that self-talk can help an athlete's performance. Tennis players were divided into two groups. The group that was asked to practice positive self-talk went into their matches with less anxiety and also performed better.

Science says it's okay to give ourselves pep talks in the mirror, too, since it might increase our confidence and motivation.

A Scientific Report study found that even talking to yourself in the third person is an effective way of reducing anxiety or dealing with emotions.

So, go ahead and tell yourself out loud "You can do this!"

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