For the next minute, don’t think about a white bear.
Hard, isn’t it?
In this Insights at the Edge Sounds True podcast, Dr. Kristin Neff talks about, “The White Bear Thought Experiment.” In it, one group of participants were told not to think about a white bear and the other group was told to think as much as they could about a white bear. Guess which group couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards?
Emotional suppression can strengthen and lengthen its hold on us. While Dr. Neff says, “Whereas when we let go, we don’t resist and we don’t contain them, and they’re free to just dissipate on their own.”
How many things are you currently trying to avoid? Maybe it’s not about tackling all your issues at once, but putting them on a shelf until you’re ready to deal with them.
Just for today, look at all the things that need your attention. Which one(s) do you have the energy, resources and ability to manage right now? Which one(s) are less urgent and can be put on a shelf to be dealt with on another day?
Let our top posts help you differentiate between the problems that require immediate attention and those that can be shelved for tomorrow.
Negative Future Perception and the Vicious Cycle of Depression
(NLP Discoveries) – Do you see your future as a glass half-empty or half-full? Researchers found your thoughts and beliefs about the future can trigger depression.
Why Do People With Mental Illness Self-Sabotage?
(Don’t Call Me Crazy) – Why would someone who’s already struggling with mental illness sabotage their happiness and success? Read this to learn the surprising relationship between mental illness and identity.
Motivational Monday: Who’s Going To Stop You?
(Women’s Wellness Corner) – Need motivation to accomplish your next goal? Find out how SMART goals can get you closer to what you really want in life.
Words Can Hurt
(Embracing Balance) – We’ve all been there. Someone says something insensitive and hurtful, and instead of responding or taking a breather, we react. As this blogger shares, it’s even more difficult to deal with when someone uses your mental illness against you.