Getting away from "RUT LIVING"
Although we have 65,000 thoughts a day, and cannot control if/when they show up, we can control what we do with them once they've entered our minds. We can dead-end them in their tracks using ACT techniques - some of which were explored in a previous blog, or by thinking of this pattern of thoughts as if it's a hamster on an exercise wheel (there's movement, but its going nowhere).
Catch yourself by seeing recurring thoughts as "HAMSTER MOMENTS"
This glimpse of seeing the unhelpful churning of our mental problems helps to disconnect from the thoughts that cause "dirty suffering" beyond the actual "clean suffering" of an actual situation. By short circuiting our thought pattern (e.g., "I'm having a hamster moment!") we begin to disconnect from the thought patterns that can sink us even lower. This is never to make light of an actual situation, but to choose to short-circuit additional pain; and, in the process we're starting to reshape our brain (i.e., neuroplasticity) to not stay with unhelpful thoughts. Over time, these negative thought patterns will decrease in frequency, duration and intensity as we practice and succeed in seeing thoughts-as-thoughts and releasing them as quickly as possible.
Photo - Creative Commons (William "Not a Metaphor for Your Life")