When will the obsessive worrying end?
What you wrote here is important, to me, anyway. You asked when will the obsessive worrying end?
I have a tendency to also ruminate over and over about a particular symptom or trigger. At times, I just can't let it go. It will be in my mind the entire day. When I get up in the a.m, it's usually the first thing I think of.
I went to a new acupuncturist yesterday ( way out of my comfort zone, too) and it turns out he also has suffered anxiety/phobias. In addition to the treatment he gave me, he shared that what he did to get his obsessing under control is to set aside "worry time" for 5 minutes a day.
At first, I couldn't even comprehend that, because when I'm stuck, I'm stuck.
We talked and he mentioned that the thoughts are coming from ME. I'm choosing to obsess. Logically, I already knew this.
He suggested I try to "set aside worry time - pick a time, and allow myself 5 minutes to obsess". He said when you get to the time designated, I can choose to obsess, or move the time up for an hour later and so on.
I started to do this last night. It was a bit tough at first, because I thought, "what will I think about until 9 p.m. when I can worry for 5 minutes"? I ended up reading, and though the "thoughts" tried to come in, I told myself that worry time is at 9 pm. I managed to go until 1 a.m. to allow myself to obsess.
When 1 a.m. came...I found that I didn't feel like obsessing and was actually thinking positively.
I slept well (I always do) but the cool thing is I got up this a.m. and took my shower, then realized that I wasn't obsessing about anything.
Sorry if this is long. I just wanted to share.