Monday, April 16, 2012

Stinkin' Thinkin'

Someone shared some thoughts on anxiety with me recently. This person suffers from it too, and their counselor gave them some interesting advice. The counselor said anxiety is a direct result of negative thinking. I thought that was very interesting, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made.

We all know I'm an "over-thinker". I think way too much. The more my thoughts race, the more hysterical and distorted they become. The more distorted they become, the more anxious I get. So it makes perfect sense. Constantly thinking of the worst case scenario (something I do all day long) is indeed negative thinking, and certainly does lead to anxiety.

So how do you turn it off? Unless I have the help of alcohol or benzodiazepines, my mind simply doesn't stop racing. The counselor suggested focusing on positive or neutral thoughts. A lovely idea, but not easy to do. I'll couple that with the idea Kate gave of focusing on one thing every time your thoughts go sour. I rub my left forearm very softly with my right hand.

So if anyone sees me wandering the streets, stroking my arm and singing a tender song under my breath, please know that inside my head there is probably a swirling vortex of fear, anxiety, and distorted thoughts, all just fighting for my full attention!


Gordon said...

Peace, tolerance, and acceptance; it is what it is.

kitty said...

You can reprogram your are in control of your thoughts (technically)