The lesson and positive self talk worksheet below will help your students identify examples of positive self-talk and help them use these in appropriate situations when they arise. And, this is a great activity to uncover and gain insights about how your students think.
Prep: Print this worksheet
Prompt: “Today we’re going to practice using positive thinking skills. Who knows what self-talk means? Self-talk means: Talking to yourself either aloud or silently. Think of it as a little voice inside your head. Sometimes you think good thoughts and sometimes you think bad thoughts. These thoughts can make us feel upset or they may make us feel better. For example, if you found out you weren’t invited to a friend’s birthday party how would that make you feel? We have the power to help ourselves feel better by using positive self-talk. For example, you could say to yourself, ‘it’s okay. I know I’m a great friend and I’ll get invited to other parties.’
Hand out worksheet: On this positive self-talk worksheet, you’ll see a list of phrases on one side and on the other side are different feelings. Take your time to read each of those feelings and draw a line to the positive phrase you can tell yourself. Everyone may do this a little differently and that’s okay. Let’s do one together: ‘When I feel nervous’….I can say to myself….’I can get through anything.'”
Bonus Activity: This lesson can be extended by layering on other questions such as:
- “What can you learn from that situation?”
- “What can you do differently next time?”
- “What can you tell yourself to help yourself feel better?”
By continuing the discussion around real-life scenarios that have brought up feelings and negative self-talk, we can help the students improve coping skills. Older Students: Consider using this superhero positive self-talk for kids worksheet.
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