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Holiday Public Service Announcement (from your wise mind) pg. 2

 

Holiday Public Service Announcement (from your wise mind) pg. 2

 

2. Remember that thoughts are just thoughts: Our thoughts can seem really ‘real.’ When we are focusing on them, we can visualize things, experience intense emotions, and actually feel like something really bad is happening in the real world. But if we take a step back and look around, we will often discover that nothing too bad is actually happening, and that we were only experiencing something in our imagination.

3. Accept the existence of your thoughts but don’t engage with them. Realize that your negative, triggering thoughts are going to pop into your head this year, just like they always do. Your reactions to these thoughts over the years have reinforced them to the point that they will continue to show up for some time. There’s nothing you can do about that. But giving into the thoughts? That’s a whole other matter. This year, try to stop yourself from engaging with your thoughts.  Don’t try and argue with them. Don’t try and figure out if they are true or not. When you catch yourself getting stuck in your head, gently unhook yourself and try and return to the world of your senses. Take a break from the room if you need to. Get your muscles moving and take a few deep breaths. Take a look out the window. Pay attention to the taste of your food. And yes, if you drink alcohol, enjoy a drink or two. Just enough to calm the nerves without having to deal with a major hangover the next day (which will only negatively impact your mental health).

That's all for today. Thank you for your attention to this important message. Give these tips a try this year. Your nerves (and your liver) may thank you.

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