Breaking the Cycle of Looping Thoughts and Worries
Have you ever found yourself trapped in a spiral of negative thoughts, endlessly replaying doubts, fears, and worries in your mind? It’s frustrating and often leaves us feeling stuck and overwhelmed, which then can lead to a heightened state of stress or anxiety. The good news is that you have the power to break free from these loops and start anew.
In this month’s newsletter, I’ll discuss how Marisa Peer, world renowned hypnotherapist, speaker and founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy® explains effective strategies to regain control over your thoughts and find the peace you deserve.
Observe your thoughts
This powerful technique involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. When looping thoughts arise, observe them without getting caught up in their emotional grip. Once you recognize that you can actually observe your thoughts, you become aware, that you are not your thoughts. And that is really good news.
Great prompts are:
Isn’t it interesting, that I’m thinking….
I wonder why I am thinking…
I wonder what my next thought will be.
Over time, this practice can reduce the frequency and intensity of these intrusive thoughts as you are aware that they are playing in your mind like an audio, they are not actually who you are.
Challenge Negative Assumptions
Looping thoughts often stem from negative assumptions about ourselves or our situations. Take a step back and objectively analyse these assumptions. Are they based on facts, or are they simply self-critical beliefs? By challenging these assumptions, we can weaken the hold they have over our minds.
Step Back From “Worry-Hazards”
If watching the news scares you or enhances your worries: Don’t watch the news.
Does absorbing reels for hours and finding that the comparison with others leaves you feeling not good enough or different? Stop it!
Have you got friends or colleagues who engage in negative thinking, worrying and complaining a lot? Question if you want to surround yourself with them. Maybe you can just leave a situation once you are aware?
Engage in Distracting Activities
Sometimes, the best way to break the loop is to engage in an activity that fully absorbs your attention. It could be a hobby, a workout, or simply getting lost in a captivating book. The key is to redirect your focus away from the looping thoughts. The more you practice to think different things, the more this positive thinking gets momentum.
The Power of Connection
Don’t face your worries alone. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing your thoughts with someone you trust. It could be a friend, family member, or therapist. Verbalizing your concerns can provide relief and a fresh perspective, and this helps to disrupt the cycle of repetitive thinking.
Using Hypnosis to Rewire Your Mind
For those stubborn looping thoughts that seem impossible to shake, consider the transformative potential of hypnotherapy. By rewiring your subconscious mind, hypnosis can uproot negative beliefs and instil powerful, positive ones. This deeply relaxing technique can be your secret weapon for lasting change.
Remember, breaking free from looping thoughts takes practice and patience. Be kind to yourself during this process. With consistent effort, you can regain control over your mind and find peace.