Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We get stuck on one thought and can’t rid ourselves of it. And that’s just plain not healthy. The good news is that there is a way to overcome that, or at least minimize it.
Crowd it out…sort of.
When we crowd out food, we talk about putting the healthy choices in front of the not-so-healthy choices in an effort to eat less of the later and essentially eliminate it. When it comes to feelings of sadness or anger – or really anything that isn’t positive – we aren’t suggesting burying them, because that’s not healthy either. We just mean limit the time you spend dwelling on them. It’s really just a variation on crowding it out.
So…when you’re overwhelmed by an emotion for an extended period of time, embrace it as you would your favorite treat. BUT, after 15 or 30 minutes or so, put those not-so-great thoughts into its own little box, and leave it there for the rest of the day. If those thoughts creep back into your mind, push them out and tell yourself that tomorrow you’ll open that box of thoughts for another 30 minutes or so. You’ll soon see that when you can master this technique, you’ll feel better because you acknowledge the not-so-great thoughts, but don’t dwell on them.
Be happy. Eat healthy.