Peace For The Anxious Mind: A Thought Is Just A Thought

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Are you consumed by intrusive thoughts, especially when it comes to your partner? Read on for help!

One of the most debilitating topics that my clients struggle with is that they have difficulty distinguishing between the truth and the thoughts that their fear-based minds shoot into their heads. For example, a client wrote to me last week and said that every time she's about to tell her fiance that she loves him, a voice interrupts her that says, "You don't really love him."

With her wedding on the horizon, this is understandably a distressing thought to have several times a day, and it's left her, of course, wondering if it's true. It's not true. She loves her fiance. He — like almost every fiance I hear about — is loving, kind, honest, responsible, and loves her completely. He'll make a wonderful husband and a good father. So why the thought? Top 10 Reasons You Leave Your Partner Due To Fear

Love is scary. Transitions are scary. Our minds, which are full of fear, will shoot little fear-dipped arrows in the form of thoughts so that we'll run for the hills and distance ourselves from the intimacy and vulnerability activated by transitions. The fear-based thought is then amplified by the attention we give it.

It stops us in our tracks and causes us to ask, "Is that the truth? Do I really not love my partner?" It's a daily practice managing these thoughts so that they don't snowball into a mass of panic and anxiety. Journaling and dialoguing should be occurring every day if there's any hope of booting the fear out of the driver's seat. Just Broke Up? How To Regain A Sense Of Self

Here's another example of the way fear rears its head: I worked with a Conscious Motherhood client a few years ago who shared with me that almost every time she sat down to nurse her baby, the thought popped into her head, "I hate her." Her shame about it was so strong she could barely utter the words to me.

She was befuddled and distressed by this, especially given that she was deeply in love with her baby. But as we talked, it became clear that what she really meant was, "I hate this," meaning she hated the vulnerability of new motherhood, she hated being sleep deprived, she hated feeling so scared and uncertain most of the time. She didn't hate her baby at all; her baby became the target of her projection, and once she unraveled the projection to its core, the sentence stopped popping into her head. Living With The 'Grass Is Always Greener' Syndrome?

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