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I have been interested in stopping the Cycle of Negative Repetitive Thoughts for a long time.
And over the past 6 years, I have come across a lot of quick self-help fixes.
At first I agreed with them, and then the more I learned and educated myself the more I disagreed with them. Until eventually, I reached a point where I felt like the only reason these quick-fixes had become mainstream and commonly accepted was because “a lot of other people” agreed with them too.
So, I have some unique hacks I’d like to share on How to stop the Cycle of Negative Repetitive Thoughts after 10 000 hours immersing myself in the subject:
🔐 Mentally lock up your thoughts (and come back to them later)
#1: Imagine putting your racing thoughts into a safe and lock them up.
#2: Tell yourself that you will come back to them in the evening.
#3: Schedule a no more than 15 minute window in your calendar.
#4: In this window write down everything that comes up to your problem.
From a mental coach with 30 years experience.
🔲 Box Breathing Technique (5 in - 5 hold - 5 out - 5 hold)
#1: Breathe in slowly while counting to 5.
#2: Hold your breath for 5 seconds.
#3: Breathe out while counting to 5.
#4: Hold your breath for 5 seconds.
👏 Tap your chest, hum, roll your eyes (separate or simultaneously)
#1: Tap the upper chest area with your fingertips.
#2: While doing this hum so that the whole head vibrates.
#3: Combine it with smoothly rolling your eyes in circles.
#4: Look far out in the corner of your vision, while keeping the head straight.
As a recap, you just learned
- You can lock your thoughts away to take care of the problem later.
- The box-breathing technique relaxes you and can be used anywhere and anytime.
- Humming, tapping, and eye circles are valuable tools to stop negative thinking.
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