It’s not always this simple, but *sometimes* it is: shifts in how we respond to intrusive thoughts from PTSD or anxiety can shape our internal response and the strength of future intrusive thoughts. Sometimes just shifting from “OMG NO! The intrusive thought is here! 😱 Run away! 🏃♀️🏃🏻” to “Oh, hello. 👋You are back, huh? Ok, let’s deal with you and put you back where you belong 💭🧺” can bring a lot of relief.
For myself and many of the individuals I have worked with, noticing without judgment, then engaging with it in a meaningful way (through writing, moving, visualizing, or languaging a conversation about it), and then a gentle body shift (like getting up to water plants or making a cup of tea) can help manage intrusive thoughts in a much healthier way than frantically trying not to have the thought.
This doodle is from the #mentalhealth and anxiety adult activity book I’ve been plugging away at and hope to make available- to patron access first- this fall. Thank you to Patrons for keeping my vision for this project alive!
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