Send your future self a positive message
This week we have been travelling all around Ireland again, invading colleges with our Note to Self campaign. But, what is it all about?
Note to Self
You’ll recognise us by our stand with heaps of free postcards and can’t really miss our giant post box.
What’s it for?
People write a positive message to themselves on the postcard and we post it back to them at a date in the future.
It’s a way of getting out there to meet you guys, bring some positivity to your day along with making it OK to talk about mental health issues on campus.
The power of positive thinking
It may not come as a surprise but our harshest critics are often ourselves. It is easy to place unrealistic expectations on ourselves and even easier to forget to pat ourselves on the back when we do well.
You know that little voice that can tell you you’re stupid when you make a mistake. That’s our self-talk.
When we get into a pattern of negative thinking, that little voice can make us feel pretty bad about ourselves. The good news is it’s possible to make that voice a positive one.
Changing the soundtrack in your head
Note to Self makes us think of something positive to say to our future selves. In a similar way, it’s possible to change our self-talk on a day-to-day basis. It can take some time and practice, but totally worth it!
Read self-talk to see some exercises to turn your negative self-talk around. It also explains some common thinking errors to avoid.
Note to self in action
Watch this video to see note to self in action at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress