Today i thought i would write a little blog about Anxiety, Depression and Mindfulness……
What are intrusive thoughts?
I would describe Intrusive thoughts as any unpleasant ideas, thoughts, images etc that come into our awareness that we continually loop as a thought pattern within our minds.
Most of use will experience intrusive thoughts but when someone is suffering with anxiety, depression , repressed trauma , OCD etc these loop cycles tend to become overwhelming.
They are a common symptom in those with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD; however, the truth is most people experience intrusive thoughts from time to time. Intrusive thought patterns are usually negative emotions such as anger, aggression, overwhelming impulses to “act out…ie suicide, rituals , sexual fantasies etc ” and whilst these thoughts are rarely actioned, they are often considered “inappropriate” by the person thinking them.
The end result is often then feelings of unworthiness, guilt, shame and inner criticism of oneself even though they will not have actually done anything wrong.
Does this resonate with you ? ………
Some things that you may find useful to consider are : –
~ Accept your thoughts and where you are in this moment….without judgement of what is preconceived as a “right ” or a “wrong ” . The first step toward letting go of our negative thoughts is by accepting them. …….
EVEN THOUGH ( I HAVE THIS ..xxxxxx … THOUGHT ) I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY ACCEPT MYSELF AND WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. It is a pointless activity to pretend that we don’t have intrusive or negative thoughts every now and then. And by trying to run away from these thoughts we are only deluding ourselves and in fact by running and denying these thoughts and feelings we actually fuel their strength and power over us!
The purpose of accepting where we are RIGHT NOW is to allow us to produce new and more useful ways to respond to our circumstances.
Remember, just because you accept the thought doesn’t mean you need to act on it.
~Watch your thoughts without JUDGING your thoughts.
We shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves for thinking bizarre and spontaneous things once and awhile. Who’s reality did you buy into when you decided that your thoughts …or having thoughts was a “wrongness ?” ….What if your “wrongness” was ok , just the way it is ? When did you decide that someone else’s perception of reality (and judgements ) were “right” ?
EVEN THOUGH ( I AM JUDGING MYSELF RIGHT NOW , AND ITS MAKING ME ANXIOUS / DEPRESSED ) I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF AND WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW.
It’s common for negative thoughts to be followed by feelings of guilt / shame, but tallow yourself to understand that there is nothing to feel guilty over. After you accept your thoughts, try to watch them in a non-judgmental awareness. Don’t necessarily react to them or judge them as “good” or “bad.” Just sit back and passively watch them as if you were watching a movie.
~ Know that eventually these thoughts will pass.
If you can observe these thoughts without judgment , you will begin to notice that they will start to diminish. Be patient. Override the urge to participate in these thoughts. OBSERVE!
EVEN THOUGH THESE THOUGHTS CAN BE OVERWHELMING FOR ME, I AM CHOOSING TO ALLOW MYSELF NEW POSSIBILITIES AND I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF FOR SHOWING ME HOW.
It’s not always easy to disengage , let go of judgement and observe intrusive thoughts, but with practice it is possible to learn how to more easily let go of them. Once we learn how to do this, they will have a lot less influence over your mental well-being
Here at Peace of Mind Health we have some wonderful techniques and tools to help get you to where you need and deserve to be. E.F.T , Matrix Re-imprinting, Hypnotherapy are all wonderful tools which help you to release old stored baggage and re-imprint / anchor new and more useful beliefs.
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