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Self-Talk Workshop Teaches New Self-Compassion Skills | News

Creighton Student Advisory Services held a self-talk workshop on Wednesday where students were given tools to work on self-compassion.

The students gathered at Skutt 105 for the workshop led by Maddie Moore. Moore is the assistant director of Student Outreach and is a mental health practitioner. So she taught students how to turn off negative self-talk and train the brain to be more compassionate.

Moore advised students to treat each other as they would treat a friend. She also encouraged students to learn how to stop their negative thoughts, identify why negative self-talk doesn’t make sense, and change self-talk to be kinder.

Four students attended the workshop and shared some of their personal experiences with autosuggestion and how they coped with bad days. The students practiced changing their inner dialogue through meditation and journaling.

With the revelation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that students needed a little more mental health support. This workshop was part of a larger series of mental health workshops.

“There are two workshops held each week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.,” Moore said. “We do however do four workshop topics in total, alternating weeks, which means this week we had Mindfulness then Self-Talk, and next week we have Calming the Mind and Beating the Bluejay Blues.”

Students can register for these workshops through CU Involved or by registering on the Student Advising Services website. Additional workshops and advising services are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

It is important to find community and reach out through any distress. Mental health is important for balance, physical well-being, intentional relationships, and academic and career success.

“Having conversations with others who uplift and support you can be a great way to understand how people see you,” said Alexandria Gudgeon, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. “And also, there’s no shame in the therapy game.”

Creighton Student Counseling Services attempts to integrate mental health care into the daily lives of students through education, therapy, and community. Stress, pressure, transitions and mindfulness are challenges that many students face. Workshops can be a way to manage these stressors.

Moore left the advice to students to continue practicing self-compassion. It doesn’t always come easily, but with practice new habits will form.

“If you want to have more helpful and caring self-talk, it’s going to take a lot of intentional practice,” Moore pointed out in a follow-up interview. “The latest research indicates that it takes 63 days to form a new habit, so give yourself time, grace and patience while you practice – it will be worth it.”