Recover From Stuttering - Tips for Fluent Speech

Newsletter 10: December 2010

Reduce Stuttering / Stammering - Ways to Take Control

What does positive thinking and stuttering / stammering have to do with one another? Many people who stutter develop negative thinking patterns because they become frustrated by their challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder to manage those challenges and move forward.

Practising positive thinking allows PWS (people who stutter) to focus on their strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows them to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that can be used to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising and getting enough rest.
2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.
3. Refrain from Making Assumptions About What Others are Thinking
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don't waste time mind-reading.
4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told a partner, "You're ALWAYS late!" or complained to a friend, "You NEVER call me!"? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.
5. Squash the "ANTs"
In his book, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life", Dr Daniel Amen talks about ANTs - Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary like, "Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you notice these thoughts, realise that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!
6. Practise the Power of Touch (Your Friends and Family)
A good hug reaps powerful benefits. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up.
7. Interrupt the Worry Pattern
Focussing on something negative is not productive. If you find yourself excessively worrying, interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different. Try changing your physical environment - go for a walk or sit outside. You could also read a book or listen to some music...
8. Use an Effective Fluency Technique
Learn and practise your fluency technique as recommended. Be committed to succeed.

These practical tips will help you control your stuttering / stammering. With commitment and positive thinking, you can be the master of your own recovery.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month


I am a person who is supportive of other people who stutter and am willing to make myself available to help others within the Ezy-Speech Network and their quest for fluency. Now I have much more control over my own fluency, I find myself listening to people more carefully when in conversation. I am becoming more caring of others and reaping the benefits of a more positive outlook.

Merry Christmas from the Ezy-Speech Team

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