Guarding ourselves against those who seek to manipulate and persuade us is a critical skill.
But learning to withstand the seductive whisperings from our own minds, good lord, that’s a whole different ballgame.
Because for many of us, our thoughts are constantly tumbling us around, anxiously and compulsively thrashing us about. And if we continue to buy into them, they can run us into the ground.
Fortunately, we can stop giving power to that part of ourselves. It takes patience and resilience and much more practice than we think it will. But it is possible.
A helpful start is with an intention. Announcing to ourselves that we must wrest control of our mind. It’s worth repeating on an hourly basis.
Another good exercise is to reflect on how our impulsiveness has gotten us into trouble the past. Personally, that helps me. Thinking back to the many moments when my anxious mind told me to isolate, buy clothes, eat a whole box of cookies and overwork myself, rather than just sitting with the uncomfortable feelings and letting them pass; this reflection reminds me of the addictive rabbit holes my mind is capable of falling down.
It gives me a chance to have compassion for myself.
All of which help me not buy into the story my mind tries to tell me.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
How do you protect yourself from your own thoughts?
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