Trigger Warning: Intrusive Thoughts
We all have passing thoughts now and again that might seem out of our control.
Worrying about dropping your baby, imagining you’re going to throw your little one down the stairs, visualising all sorts of awful scenarios. It’s pretty common in early motherhood.
But when they begin to consume you, they can feel like a real problem.
Our emotions and thoughts can manifest as physical reactions in our bodies.
Our bodies, in response to anxious thoughts, trigger stress hormones into the bloodstream.
These stress hormones can manifest in symptoms such as palpitations or a racing heartbeat, headaches, nausea, sweating, muscle tension, stammering, and trembling… I should know as I’ve experienced all of them!
They can also weaken the immune system and leave us vulnerable to ill-health.
Experiencing intrusive thoughts can add a layer of anxiety to already underlying worries.
Intrusive thoughts, if we don’t deal with them, can unfortunately come back to haunt us time and again, triggering feelings of guilt, disgust, anguish, despair, and helplessness.
You might feel like you just have to live with it. But you don’t.
Here are some effective ways to help quieten those thoughts:
❤️Accept that these thoughts are automatic and might come and
go at their will. Don’t avoid them.
❤️Remind yourself that they are unimportant, intrusive
thoughts that do not define or become you.
❤️Believe that this too will pass. Give yourself time.
❤️Expect the thoughts to come back again.
❤️Remind yourself that you are above it and will be prepared to
address it when it does come back.
❤️Be aware of the anxiety, but don’t engage with or attach to it. Remember, you are NOT your thoughts.
If you’d like some help in releasing these intrusive thoughts and worries, drop me a message and let’s chat about how I can best support you.