Breaking Free from Negative Self-Talk 

A Creative’s Journey

All pictures - Dawei, Myanmar 2019

As a documentary photographer and filmmaker, I have spent years capturing the stories of diverse individuals and communities from around the world. Despite my experiences, I am not immune to the negative self-talk that can plague even the most creative and successful among us.

Combating these thoughts is an ongoing process, especially when they have become deeply ingrained over time. I have come to realize that this journey is not just personal, but universal. Creative blocks and periods of self-doubt can affect anyone, at any stage of their career or life.

So how can we break free from the cycle of negative self-talk and find renewed inspiration and creativity? This is a question that has been explored by psychologists, artists, and thinkers for years, and one that requires a multifaceted approach.

First and foremost, it’s important to acknowledge that negative self-talk is not a reflection of reality. These thoughts are often fueled by anxiety, fear, and self-doubt, and can hold us back from reaching our full potential. By recognizing these patterns and challenging them with positive affirmations and self-compassion, we can start to shift our mindset towards a more positive and productive outlook.

But changing our thoughts is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s also important to cultivate a supportive and nurturing environment that encourages creativity and exploration. This might mean seeking out new experiences, collaborating with other creatives, or simply taking the time to rest and recharge.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation has been a powerful tool for me in breaking free from negative self-talk and finding renewed inspiration. By focusing on the present moment and quieting my mind, I am able to connect with my creativity in a deeper and more meaningful way.

Ultimately, breaking free from negative self-talk is an ongoing process that requires patience, perseverance, and a willingness to grow and learn. As creatives, we have the power to shape our own narratives and tell our own stories – both on and off the page.

By recognizing and challenging negative self-talk, and cultivating a supportive and nurturing environment, we can unleash our full creative potential and make a lasting impact on the world around us. Let’s start the journey today, and embrace the power of positive thinking and self-compassion.


Smilo Visuals

A documentary photographer, filmmaker, journalist, and traveler. Being creative and documenting stories keep me happy and smiling.


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