I recently read a fascinating article in The Huffington Post about parents using their words to help their children during a time of crisis. One example is a little girl who has spilled hot water on herself, another a little boy who has scraped his knee. By simply using words and tones that were intentionally soothing, the physiological process was altered, enabling the children to heal.
Do you remember a time when someone soothed you with their words of gentle kindness and love? Sometimes all we really need is a hug and for someone to tell us it’s going to be all right.
So whether you are speaking to a child, or seeking to heal the wounds of your own inner child, practice speaking verbal first aid – it can take your health to a better place emotionally, mentally, and physically.