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9 Surprising Benefits of Talking to Yourself

It doesn’t mean you’re crazy. In fact, it can help you clarify your thoughts, shake off stress, and boost your mood.

9. Improve attention span and concentration. Indeed, many people with ADD talk to themselves to help bring a tangle of thoughts into focus. Notice how often you see athletes muttering under their breath before an event; they’re calming themselves down (#8) and pumping themselves up (#2). It works. 

Leaving my husband and daughter at home, I took a 2-mile walk, stretching my legs and my mind as I chattered to myself about my blessings, complaints, and confusions. I didn’t solve everything that had been bothering me, but I did lift some weight from my shoulders by listening to the sound of my own voice as it brought forth some notions I hadn’t been aware of.

So whenever you see people talking to themselves, remember that it’s a sign of sanity, not insanity. It makes us wiser, calmer, and more motivated. What are you waiting for? I can’t hear you.

Linda Carbone edits and writes for Rewire Me. She is a freelance book editor and has been working with authors on their nonfiction manuscripts and proposals for more than 20 years. The co-author (with her husband, Ed Decker) of A Little Pregnant: Our Memoir of Fertility, Infertility, and a Marriage, she loves memoir, movies, and meditation. - See more at: http://www.rewireme.com/about/#lc

This article first appeared on Rewire Me. To view the original article click here. Linda Carbone edits and writes for Rewire Me. She is a freelance book editor and has been working with authors on their nonfiction manuscripts and proposals for more than 20 years.

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