Intrusive Thoughts and Obsessive Thought Loops

What’s an intrusive thought? An intrusive thought is an unwelcome involuntary thought, image, or unpleasant idea that may become an obsession, is upsetting or distressing, and can feel difficult to manage or eliminate.* We all have intrusive thoughts, although it’s something we don’t talk about because of embarrassment, shame, and well, guilt. They range from things like wanting to break everything when you’re walking by the dishes at Target, thinking you have a deadly disease because your stomach hurts, or replaying an event in your head over and over again. There are darker intrusive thoughts too. Thoughts like hurting the people you care about, even your kids, or going over a bridge and wanting to drive your car off of it – can you believe that those thoughts are normal and lots of people have them? Seriously! Brains are weird. Most people have those fleeting thoughts, and that’s all they are – fleeting.…

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Being Mentally Prepared For The Winter Months

It’s officially winter so I wanted to take some time to talk about how we can take care of our mental health. The impact of the winter on mental health can be greater than at other times of the year. Several factors can be causing this change such as shorter days and lack of sunshine. So, if you are someone who is struggling with this time of year then here are some suggestions for you to help you through a tough period. If your mental health is not affected by the winter then still read on because there are still some great suggestions! Coping Finding ways to cope with an increase in mental health issues is the most important thing to do. As soon as you notice symptoms, amp up your self-care! People who face difficulties with their mental health should keep coping mechanisms recorded somewhere so that they know they…

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My Favorite Winter ASMR Scenes

One of the gifts from the Gods as far as my anxiety is concerned are ASMR videos (ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and it’s a euphoric experience that is usually triggered by visual and digital stimulus.) and ambient noise videos. When I get really anxious I start to have a sensory meltdown. Certain noises bother me and create anxiety but usually the worst part is silence. I can’t handle silence. It becomes a compulsive need to have some sort of sound around me and when it stops? I honestly feel like I’m about to have a panic attack. Thankfully my anxiety hasn’t been that bad in a while, but I still love these videos just because they’re relaxing or they provide good background noise when I’m working and don’t want to be overly distracted. If you have difficulty sleeping you might try listening to one to wind down to…

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Coping With Grief During the Holidays

I talked a little bit in last week’s newsletter and on Instagram about how this is the first holiday season after my Mom’s death in February. (I’ve since created a workbook on Grief. you can check it out here) There are some days when I don’t think about it and other days when it feels like it’s the only thing on my mind. These past few weeks it’s more the latter. The holidays are hard for so many reasons anyway that grief can add another layer. I’d like to be able to tell you that I’ve got it all figured out. I don’t. Not even close. This post is not written from a point of “these are things I’ve done and they will heal your grief”. Nope. I’m right there with you trying to take my own advice. Grieving and hurting and mostly trying to pretend that I’m okay and that…

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