How to stop thinking about something that bothers you

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why you can't get that out of your head

Do you remember that annoying word someone said to you that remained in your head for days?
Do you remember that situation that kept replaying itself inside your head over and over?

I am pretty sure it happened to you before that a bad thing happened to you then you kept thinking about it all day. I am pretty sure you also noticed that no matter how strongly you try to push that thought away it always keeps coming back to you.

In my previous article Where do emotions come from? i said that emotions always have a purpose. Your mind doesn't send you emotions to bother you but it sends you emotions to motivate you to take important actions.

When your mind keeps repeating the same situation over and over it's simply trying to tell you that you need to handle what happened properly so that the bad emotions go away.

No you might be asking yourself, how can you handle something that already happened in the past?
The good news is that you can still do that well, let me tell you how you can do it.

How to stop thinking about something that bothers you

When your mind keeps reminding you of the same thing over and over then it wants one or both of the following things done:

  • 1) Taking the right action immediately
  • 2) Making sure this situation will never happen again

Now for the sake of simplicity let's suppose that this bad situation was that someone humiliated you in the presence of others.

The first thing your mind wants you to do in such a case is to reach out to that person and to assertively express your discontent with their actions. See how to be assertive.

But what if you can't reach that person again?
Why is your mind reminding you of the situation over and over?
In such a case your mind just wants a promise that this situation won't be repeated again.

This promise can't be the form of spoken words for you need serious actions to back your promise. In such a case starting right away to learn how to respond assertively to people who bully you will send your subconscious mind a signal telling it that you are serious.

In my book The 5 Minute Happiness Formula i said that a promise alone can help you change your mood instantly provided that your subconscious mind trusts you. This is why learning how to make your subconscious mind trust you is a very important requirement for changing your mood instantly.

Why you must move

Your subconscious mind will never leave you alone before you resolve the conflict that took place. The reason it keeps sending you those images over and over is that it demands an action.

If you did the horrible advice of keeping yourself busy then your bad mood won't change and the bad situation won't leave your mind.

The only way out of this problem is to take the proper action. Once that is done the memory will leave your brain and the bad feelings will stop.

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