"We are often more frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality."
Fear, scarcity, racing thoughts, anxiety, colliding thoughts, depression, worry, skepticism, cynicism, stress, concern, over-analytical, doubt, and the list can go on. We can be our own worst enemy, beating ourselves up with our own thoughts; becoming a prisoner to our thoughts.
It can be easy to spiral down a pathway leading toward stress, anxiety, or depression; the mind is so powerful. Is it fair to say that if we have the power to harness destructive thoughts that we too have the power harness constructive thoughts? When stress is introduced it activates a thought process usually driven by our belief system. If we don't redirect our thoughts, we run the risk sinking deeper into a space where it may feel impossible to escape.
How would you feel if you were able to free yourself of those anchoring thoughts? Even during the toughest times in our lives, this can be done. Redirecting thoughts takes discipline and training; the ability to raise awareness when we are headed a pathway of worry.
When we think a certain way we feel a certain way. One way to interrupt a spiraling thought process is to pay attention to what you are physically feeling. Kind of like a roller-coaster, as you begin to slowly ascend and the earth gets smaller, you may feel butterflies in your stomach, heart racing, tense legs, death-grip on the bars, just before descending over the pinnacle. Our bodies warn us more often than we think, the idea is to clue into what you are feeling. Once this happens you have already started a new thought process.
Now that the spiraling thought process has been interrupted, it's time to de-clutter the mind. There are many techniques readily available including meditation, saying "it" out loud, positive self-affirmation etc. One technique I find very useful is journaling. The act of writing down your thoughts can be powerful; writing down positive affirmations, constructive thoughts for every destructive thought. Writing down what you are feeling and what that emotion is telling you creates clarity. As the dust settles, you begin to let go of the anchor, raising your energetic level. Journaling also leads you through the mental mapping process of problem solving leading toward more effective and meaningful solutions.
Journaling is a powerful tool in self-care, if you have never tried it I would like to encourage you to give it a shot. It works for some people and others prefer other methods. The journal eventually becomes a reference manual, you can always look back, see what has worked before; especially during times like the pandemic, to read what we were thinking and feeling during a heavy, stressful time.
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Jeff Saal CPC, ELI-MP
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