After trauma your thoughts can seem as if they run the show. Day and night they circle around the same ideas, beliefs, worries, fears and anxieties. How do you ever get them to stop?
This week’s guest, expert mindset strategist, Frederique Murphy, offers seven ways to reclaim control over what you’re thinking:
Frederique outlined the following seven steps for controlling your thoughts:
1 – Stop: Interrupt the negative thought with this simple command.
2 – Swap: Replace the negative thoughts with two positive ones.
3 – Store and Share: Hold the negative thought in a container in your mind until you are with someone supportive you can express it to.
4 – Switch: Take yourself out of your mind and into a new physical activity.
5 – Shhh: Allow yourself to rest, i.e. sleep, meditate, breathwork.
6 – Speculate: Imagine the worst that can happen and then creatively examine how to make it a little bit better.
7 – Scribe: Writing about your negative thoughts helps you clarify and gain control over them.
In addition to these great tips, Frederique explained some super cool facts about how your brain works. Plus, we honored the tragedy in Newtown, CT, with Dr. Marcia Nickow who discussed immediate steps to take toward healing in the aftermath of trauma.
For more recovery information visit, HealMyPTSD.com.
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