Persistent or obsessive thoughts are a set of ideas created by fear and anxiety. They make it very difficult to make decisions and to act. This mental dynamic is destructive to everyone. It increases anxiety and stress and causes a general malaise. So the technique of ‘stopping thinking’ can be a very good option to put an end to this.
These obsessive thoughts get us nowhere. Let’s imagine that we have delivered a great project and yet continue to doubt its validity and correctness. We may not be able to stop thinking about it…but does it help us with anything?
How to End Worrying
People who suffer from obsessive thoughts believe they have control over them.
It is best to be able to identify the beginning of the worrying to initiate this technique. In this way we will prevent the rise of fear and that growing discomfort. It may also be that this takes us some effort in the beginning. It may also seem that the technique to stop thinking does not seem to work because it requires systematic training. Let’s see how to train it.
The Technique to Stop Thinking
The technique to stop thinking (Stop-Thinking) is an exercise recommended by many psychologists. When we start to worry, it is recommended that we isolate ourselves in a room where we cannot be bothered. Later, when we have done the exercise a lot, this will no longer be necessary. We will be able to put the technique into practice in almost all environments or contexts. We are going to give our attention to that thought that bothers us so much. This is best done alone and under natural lighting.
We’re going to focus on that thought instead of trying to avoid it, ignore it, or run away from it. You probably don’t want to think about it, but we’re going to devote all our attention to that thought anyway. Even if our shock or fear increases, we should hold it for a minute. At some point, that thought will reach its peak. We will be inundated with an unbearable fear or anxiety. At this point, we are going to scream ‘stop’ or ‘enough’ loudly and without shame.
Stop! That is enough!
We can also choose another word that helps us. Most importantly, when we say it, we realize that all those thoughts stop in our mind. Once we do this, we leave the room. Although the difference is subtle at first, we will find that we are already more relaxed. But it’s not over yet. We have to go back to the room.
When we do it again, we repeat the same process. When we say the word, we do it in a lower tone. When we go in and out of the room for the fourth time, it is likely that we can already stop thinking without saying the word out loud. The time will come when our minds will do it themselves. This will have the same effect as if we had called it.
Practice makes perfect
This exercise should be done often until we get the hang of it. At some point we will be able to run it automatically even when we are surrounded by other people and without anyone noticing.
The obsessive thoughts that affect some people can limit them so much that they cannot concentrate on work or enjoying life. They live without thinking about what makes them feel so bad.
With the thought-stopping technique, they may not be able to completely eliminate their obsessive thoughts, but they can shorten their duration or make them less intrusive. That way they can continue to enjoy, do things and work without these thoughts harming them… and harming us.