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Positive coping statements encourage us and help us cope through distressing times. You only have to watch a tennis match for example to see the power of positive self talk.

The player who looks despondent and is probably criticising himself whilst making lots of mistakes and not playing very well. The other player may look very confident, using lots of positive self talk to encourage and push themselves, and they play like a master.

This process might swap from player to player during the match – but the one who is using and believing positive self talk will be the better player at that time. We can say these encouraging words to ourselves, and be our own personal coach.

We have all survived some very distressing times, and we can use those experiences to encourage us through current difficulties.

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