Scroll down or click to read: 1.What are Intrusive Thoughts? 2. Why do intrusive thoughts happen? 2.1 Intrusive Thoughts Info-graph. 3. Intrusive thought examples. 4. How to cope with Intrusive Thoughts.
1️⃣ What are Intrusive Thoughts?
The terms intrusive thoughts and rumination are interchangeable. They describe your thoughts when without warning they become stuck on an infinite replay cycle. No matter how hard you try pushing these ‘thought worms’ away, they won’t budge. Not only are you dealing with living in play-rewind-repeat mode but you also have to deal with the worry that you are going crazy.
Never ending thoughts are the dullest things. They stretch out and there’s no end to themJean-Paul Sartre
It feels safer to ignore/avoid the:
2️⃣ Why do intrusive thoughts happen?
Your thoughts get stuck on this play-rewind-repeat cycle because the ‘off’ switch of your brain‘s stress chemical is not working properly. One of the side effects of listening to these non stop bad thoughts about yourself is you start to feel uneasy that the bad things your thoughts are telling you about yourself are true.
2️⃣.1️⃣ Intrusive Thoughts Info-graph.
When things start to spiral out of your control and you fell as if you won’t be able to cope. Your brain, does what it does best and churns out more intrusive thoughts to try to wrestle back control and edits the replays to make you are in control of the situation and you are not in danger. If this stress chemical releasing editing process goes onto long,it becomes counter productive. And your brain is in danger of drowning in stress chemicals.
So the brain changes tactics and throws out a physical discomfort ‘warning’ as is more difficult to ignore than emotional discomfort. Causing you to seek medical treatment from your ‘enemies’ as you feel ‘below par’, ‘unwell’ and lack energy.
3️⃣ Intrusive thought examples
▶️ Re playing the discussion you had with a treatment provider or complaint handler. But this time editing it to include things you wish you had said and dine.
▶️ Unexpected and unpredictable flashbacks to unpleasant events.
4️⃣ How to cope with Intrusive Thoughts
▶️ Try not to focus on or react to the thoughts. Don’t try to figure out the hidden meaning. As they lose their power when you simply accept them.
▶️ Practice letting them flow into your brain and out again. You may wish to synchronise this ‘into the brain and out again’ mantra with your breath. ‘Into the brain’, breath in and ‘out again’, breathe out. Slowly and deeply.
➡️ gratitude practice or
▶️ Distract yourself.
➡️ Do a sudoko puzzle,
➡️ buy an adult colouring book or
➡️ go for a walk.