So, when I feel myself starting to spin into this process, I try to remember to grab for a lifeline to snap me out of it. A great way to do that is to get back to the present - focusing on what is happening right here and now and what I know to be true in this moment. I've come up with this handy dandy, three-step process to help me along:
1. I stop what I'm doing and ask myself (out loud, if possible), "How are things going RIGHT NOW?"
2. I take a moment to brush away any thoughts of the past and the future and just focus on my answer to that specific question, right now.
3. I answer my question, again saying it out loud if possible, and I usually find that the answer is something along the lines of, "All is well right now."
I know...talking to yourself might seem a bit out there and you'll probably feel like a tool the first few times you do this but it really does wonders. Once I stop the spinning and get grounded in the here and now for awhile, I find that I can return to the issue with much more clarity and effectiveness a little bit later on.
How do you snap yourself out of it when things get overwhelming? What tools do you have in your toolbox?
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