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Offline SusieQ

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:) im gonna try the positive box :) once i tried a method..um i got a note book and every single day i was writing down 10 things what am i greatful for today or what good things happend to me during the day to see that also good things happend during the day and so i was trying to focus on the nice side of the day and it helped me a bit :)
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Offline gerardwolfe

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Thanks for sharing, I have these types of thoughts too; however, mine are intrusive, negative and irrational... I find mindfulness meditation works WONDERFUL!!! I am facing my fearful thoughts that I avoided all these years and it is truly working... the funny thing is that I am worrying about worry and thoughts that might never happen or have happened and it never did anything.. NEVER... it is great to hear that others are fighting the fight and beating anxiety
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Offline louisedge123

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What you do with ruminating thoughts

is to NEVER try and push them away ... let them be there and starve them till they dye off

why not invite that thought to play over in your mind over and over again and let it keep going

you will probably find you will probably start thinking of something else sooner or later.

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Offline B Boop

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this sounds like something i need to do. Mornings are the worst for me......Are you still a member on here?
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Offline heartstringz

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Thank-you!! I am going to get some post-it notes today and try it.  I have a major problem with ruminating thoughts and have been looking for ideas which might help.

What I currently do (and it does help) is keep a notebook with me and write 'what am I anxious about?'...........'why am I anxious about it?'........'how can I solve it?........

It helps me get some clarity and focus on fixing the problem instead of worrying about it.
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Offline allmostawake

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Great stuff!! I'll try them both. It's funny (well not really) but the longer I live with the many facets of depression/anxiety/panic I realize that there are (at least for me) 2 distinct things I have to real with and recognize. 1. There IS something wrong with the physiology of my brain. Which resulting in the physical things that I feel and 2. How I process those feelings. I'm convinced that some or even many people experience similar physical symptoms that I do but, the have some innate ability to not bothered by them to the degree that some or most of do.

 For me my biggest problem is that I lost a great job and have been out of work for more than 10 years. Because I no longer live in an area that has huge manufacturing base.  I used to work for Boeing and NASA in the Seattle area. I am back in the SF Bay Area.   And I'm hearing impaired, 60 years old with all the associated health issues of a person who's aging badly.

 I come here to share when I'm feeling hopeless and helpless. And it's a comfort to share with you all. Thanks, Ray
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Offline HaileyAnn

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What wonderful ideas! I should definitely try those, considering it's 1 in the morning and I'm nowhere near sleep because my brain won't quiet down. It's quite frustrating sometimes.
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Offline CanadianGuy87

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Wow, those are really great ideas! I think I might start up that positivity box activity in a bit and put all my anxiety at rest by putting it in the negative box and then never open it again. Thanks for sharing! God Bless!  :sign0087:
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Offline Rainbowlight

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Thank you, Tam for the wonderful suggestions =).
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Offline KTM1028

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Awesome advice .. I will be goung to buy some post it notes today. Maybe i will have these over analyzing thoughts about my marriage out if my head soon. Thank you
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