How Changing Your Actions Can Change Your Inner Dialogue

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How Changing Your Actions Can Change Your Inner Dialogue

The voice inside your head can be relentless at times telling you that you are not good enough or worrying about what others are thinking of you. This inner dialogue can be brutal at times and can make you feel unworthy to point of using drugs and alcohol to quiet down the imperious negative self-talk.

One of the ways to change your inner dialogue is to change the actions you are taking. If you are lying, cheating, and stealing than you are going to be a liar, a cheater, and a thief. If you are practicing recovery principles and being of service, you will have a better chance at changing what you think of yourself. Doing the right thing makes for increased self-esteem which can spin you into a more positive light in your mind and could better help to turn on your internal complimenter.

Be grateful

There are probably things that you wish you were or wish you had, but being thankful for what you have in the present moment is an antidote for self-pity and jealousy. You should be grateful for all you have in the material and spiritual sense while being happy for others and their successes.


If you start to clear away simple yet cluttered things on your desk or in your drawers, it’s like gaining some control back in your life with just a little bit of effort. If you want to think positive thoughts you have to take positive actions like cleaning up a mess and getting rid of the junk that needs to go.


Something so simple as a smiling and laughing can do wonders for you and the people around you. Grinning is contagious and actually sends more oxygen and endorphins into the brain which can take away stress in the process.  

Stop procrastinating

Do something today that you would otherwise put off until tomorrow. Instead of binge-watching your show, do your stepwork. If your room needs to be dusted and tidied, get up and just do it! You will feel an instant relief in being able to mark that task off your to-do list.


Taking time to help someone else will get your brain’s reward system generating positivity to improve your self-image. Giving someone a ride to a meeting or volunteering at a soup kitchen for the homeless can get you back to square one – being grateful for what you do have.

The Kimberly Center is an evidence-based treatment program that assists individuals who are suffering from substance abuse and related issues. Our goal is to restore a healthier, happier, and more productive life in recovery.

Call us today to begin: 855-4-KCENTER (855-452-3683)

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