It may sound strange to have a conversation with yourself, but hear us out. "Third-person self-talk can be used across the board as you're anticipating a stressful event, as you're feeling anxiety in the moment, or when you're dealing with something that caused stress and anxiety in the past, like rejection or failure," Jason Moser, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and director of Michigan State University's clinical psychophysiology lab, told POPSUGAR.
To self-talk, all you have to do is talk to yourself about the stressful event in the third-person, Dr. Moser explained. For example, you could ask yourself a series of questions. "When you're using your own name, the brain switches to another mode as if you're talking to someone else. In a nutshell, what happens is that you're creating a psychological distance between you and the issue you're facing."