How to deal with intrusive thoughts and memories?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Rockclimbinggirl, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. Rockclimbinggirl

    Rockclimbinggirl SF climber Staff Member Safety & Support

    I tend to distract, but I was wondering if any one else has any coping tips?
     
  2. Brian777

    Brian777 Safety and Support Forum Pro SF Supporter

    Hey there Kcho, the best thing I found was meditation. Which is hypocritical of me, cause I stopped doing it several years ago. But for two years I had a practice of 20mins meditation twice per day and it really helped with a lot of things, calmer mind, less racing thoughts and better focus......over all feeling of well being. Why did I stop :) beats me.
    You hardest thing for me was finding a meditation practice I could connect with, there are so many. The one I found was a mantra meditation where you simply repeat a word in you head over and over, as you continue to do this, your breathing slows down, thoughts become less frequent and a feeling of calm. But it's not just during the times of meditation, it carries on throughout your day, you don't get upset as easy, your super relaxed. Again....why did I stop...stupid.......I need to start again. He funny thing was, the book I got was on kindle and really cheap, but the author explained it so easily and it was so simple. If your interested I can send you the name o the book.
    Brian
     
  3. Rockclimbinggirl

    Rockclimbinggirl SF climber Staff Member Safety & Support

    @Brian777 Yes please send me the name of the book.
     
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  4. Rockclimbinggirl

    Rockclimbinggirl SF climber Staff Member Safety & Support

    I've been messaging with a counsellor and it was suggested that I write down the intrusive thoughts on a piece of paper and then rip it up.
     
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  5. Brian777

    Brian777 Safety and Support Forum Pro SF Supporter

  6. Brian777

    Brian777 Safety and Support Forum Pro SF Supporter

    We should maybe start a meditation group on the site Kcho :)
     
  7. Brian777

    Brian777 Safety and Support Forum Pro SF Supporter

    You changed your name, I was confused lol
     
  8. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    Brian I really like your ideas, they seem well worth trying, especially repeating a word over and over and focusing on that one word, I guess its mindfulness :)
    I think an SF meditation group is a wonderful idea as I also suffer with intrusive thoughts, thank you :)
     
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  9. afterlifepig

    afterlifepig Well-Known Member

    i have intrusive thoughts constantly throughout the day. i think they're as bad as they are because i used to combine alcohol and caffeine and drank too much basically. i basically deal with them through saying positive things to counteract them. i did find that meditation helped temporarily though.
     
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  10. Rockclimbinggirl

    Rockclimbinggirl SF climber Staff Member Safety & Support

    I am finding that minfulness can help. Starting to struggle with intrusive memories again.