A circular thinking cycle is nearly impossible to break. There is no end and it never ceases. When you get into the mode of obsessive and circular thinking, there is no true outcome of your thoughts or cycle that can be broken. You must accept the fact that this cycle of thoughts will always be what it is. In order rid yourself of them, you must make the choice to leave them behind and stop trying to lead them to a conclusion.
Of course, that is far easier said than done. After all, most of the time, you don’t realize you are in this mode. You have been pulled in by the current and don’t even realize you are in danger of no return. If you are caught in this twister of negative thinking, here’s what you need to do:
3 Ways to Get Rid of Circular Thinking and Obsessive Thoughts
Be present in the moment.
Step back from your thoughts. In fact, leave your thoughts behind completely. Focus on what you are doing right now. This is why you are more apt to find the philosopher doing dishes in a diner. Go rake your lawn, think of nothing except for the feeling of your hands wrapped around the wooden handle, the rhythm of the rake, the swishing of the leaves. Really it doesn’t matter what you are doing or what you decide to do, as long as you make the choice to leave the obsessive thoughts behind and think of nothing but what’s happening in the present moment.
How does this work for breaking the conundrum of the negative thought cycle? Simply speaking, it pulls you out of the current. When you go back to your thoughts, you have been removed from the negativity and have the power to choose whether to go back to the conundrum or move on to other thoughts.
Stop focusing on yourself and start thinking about others around you.
Although, it may be tempting to go back to the conundrum, don’t do it! As humans, we have an innate desire to fix something that is broken–to solve puzzles. Our minds play tricks on us. They tell us that if we solve the problem, we will be happier people. But that is not the truth. The truth you must learn and reiterate to yourself: spending all that time being self-absorbed is not the true path to true happiness or love. Choose to focus on something else. Focus your energy on others around you. Ask people about themselves. Learn new skills. Follow a path to a destiny where the negative thinking cycle does not exist.
Open your heart to love and positive energy. Breathe out the negative.
Now it’s time to open your heart to the love and positive emotions that are present in the world. This can be achieved through kindness towards others, practicing gratitude, or hard work that creates a seed of satisfaction. When you do these things there is no room for negative thinking. It is time to let go of the world that was closing you off to the good things in life. Take a deep breathe and release all the bad emotions. Watch the spirals of unresolved depression and anxiety leave your grasp. Envision them floating away from you. Replace the heart space with love.
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