Thinking Traps

Created on 3 September, 2022 | Health | 132 views | 1 minutes read

Overthinking is an enemy of good vibes. Here's an idea that is recommended by professional therapists which may help you.

When you find yourself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to you. She speaks words of wisdom which include, "let it be." While that may just be paraphrasing the Beatles song, "Let it Be," it is very old and wise advice still given out today in different ways.

Here's a scenario: Your boss tells you that you could improve on something during a performance review. Immediately your mind starts racing and the thinking traps begin. You think about a past situation and wonder if that's why your boss is saying these things. You wonder if this is a setup so they can let you go later. You wonder why your boss doesn't like you. On and on you go with your heart rate increasing until you're trapped.

The solution isn't easy. The reason is that you have trained your brain over the years to think the way it thinks. Now you must re-train it. Don't get discouraged if you forget to do this or if it doesn't help at first.

First of all, try and catch yourself going in the wrong direction away from the good vibes. Take some deep breaths. Then ask yourself some questions.

  • Do I know for certain that this will happen?
  • If it does, am I certain the outcome will be awful?
  • What evidence do I have for this?
  • Could there be other explanations?
  • Is my prediction driven by my intense emotion?
  • What’s the worst that could happen?
  • Have I been able to cope with this in the past?

The last question is powerful. Chances are you've thought this way before yet everything turned out fine, right? Either everything turned out better than you could have ever imagined, or you were at least able to cope and you're still here. You can prove to your brain that there's no reason to overthink and trap yourself in negative thoughts.

Listen to mother Mary; let it be.

Updated on 3 September, 2022


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