I don't know about you, but I have found that a common problem that a lot of people struggle with is ruminating thoughts. These are thoughts that pop into your head and go round and round without finding any resolution. Is this something that strikes a cord with you? Would you like some ideas on how to stop or lessen the severity of repetitive thoughts? If so, here are a few ideas:
1.) Identify the underlying feeling below the worrying thoughts.
Could you be thinking about something you said and are worried you sounded foolish? Are you worried about something that is going to happen in the future and you are unsure how you are going to handle it? Write about it. (Yeah, yeah you say... another prompt to journal.) Really though, getting your identified fears onto paper lessens the power they have over you. List what you are afraid of and let your mind explore what that means to you on paper.
2.) Do something physical.
Get outside and connect with nature or do some jumping jacks. Getting a little bit of exercise gets our attention to focus on something other than our repetitive thoughts and can change our perspective.
3.) Just let go.
Even if it's for a moment, just let go of the idea of control. Ask yourself this question, "Can I change anything about this?" If you can, great, do it. If you can't, say the words "I choose to let this go." AND then breathe deeply and let it go, even if it's for a moment at a time.
4.) Ask for help.
If you have tried these possible solutions and they really do not help, seek out a therapist. A therapist or counselor can help with new thought-changing ideas and guidance on how to implement them into your life for improved daily living.
It would be my honor to help you with ruminating thoughts and assist you in creating a more fulfilling life that opens the door for more fun, connection, and a lot less worry/anxiety. Call Deborah at 619-431-1842 for a 15 minute free consultation!
Deborah is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who is passionate about helping people discover their true, authentic self.
Deborah is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist #94438 through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.