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How To Stop Obsessing

ChristineHasslerObsessing over something is the worst. When someone or something has pitched a tent and set up camp in your mind, it can be your own personal version of torture.

What we can we do to stop the seemingly endless cycle of obsessive thinking?

I can tell you that something that does NOT work is continuing to talk about whatever you are obsessing about. You probably already know that insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You are making yourself insane by continuing to give valuable airtime to the subject of your obsession (and possibly driving the people you keep talking to about it with crazy too!)

In today’s vlog I share with you two out-of-the-box strategies that will help eliminate obsessive thinking so you can start talking about the things that light you up rather than those that bring you down!

I go into greater detail in the video but here is a snapshot:

Strategy one: Grab a few sheets of blank paper and set the intention to do what I like to call release writing. Bring whatever you are obsessing about to mind and just keep writing about it until you feel empty. This is not about writing legibly or reflecting, think of it like mind dumping. You will know you’re done because your hand will hurt and you will be so sick of the story that there is nothing left to write. When you are done, rip it up or burn it as a symbol of letting it go.

Strategy two: Wear a rubber band around your wrist and whenever your mind goes to the subject of your obsessive thinking, give it a little snap.  We do not like pain and when our unconscious mind starts to associate a certain thought with a little snap, it will be more likely to avoid it. Note: this is not about hurting yourself! Truly, a rubber band is not that painful. It is about getting your attention and supporting you in redirecting your thoughts.  And often obsessive thinking gets so consuming that unconventional measures are required!

Just so you know, whomever or whatever it is you are obsessing about is not deserving of your precious mental energy. 

Use these techniques and redirect your mind to what you can create, how you can serve and the things that inspire gratitude. You can overcome obsessive thinking!

I am here to support you so head on over to my blog and claim what you are no longer obsessing about in the comments section. Share what you are going to STOP thinking about so you can start thinking about something better!




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Christine Hassler is an author, speaker, life coach and spiritual counselor dedicated to helping people answer the questions who am I, what do I want and how do I get it?  You can check out her website here.

  • Z

    Awesome! I love the idea of the rubber band – will try next time I get in that obsessive mindset – works with all other negative thoughts I am guessing too! And yes, could agree more: talking about obsessions make them worse!

    • Christine Hassler

      Glad you found it helpfu!!

    • The Daily Love

      We love it too! We’re so glad you found Christine’s post so helpful :) -Team TDL

  • carlie

    Love this! Will definitely try it next time I’m letting someone/something rent space in my mind! Thank you! :)

    • The Daily Love

      Great to hear, Carlie! Thanks for reading :) -Team TDL

  • Ld

    Love. Journaling to empty our tank is a life saver.

  • Jessica Robin Sternberg

    What about typing vs. writing? Usually I can type as fast as my mind can think.