Hey there!

It’s the start of a new year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share these thoughts with you. Today, we’re diving deep into a topic that touches each of us: thought spirals. Whether you’re aware of them or not, they can sneak up on you, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and lost. But fear not, because we’re going to unravel this together.

Before we begin, I want to emphasize something crucial: there is nothing wrong with you if you find yourself caught in a thought spiral. These patterns are deeply ingrained in our minds, and it takes time and practice to navigate them effectively.

So, what exactly is a thought spiral?

Picture this: one thought leads to another, which leads to another, and before you know it, you’re spiraling down a rabbit hole of anxiety and fear. It often starts with a single fear-based thought, snowballing into a cascade of worries and concerns.

Let me share a personal example. This morning, as I prepared to film this video, I felt the familiar pang of anxiety creep in. Thoughts raced through my mind: “What if the video isn’t good enough? What if I stumble over my words? What if nobody watches it?”

Sound familiar?

The truth is, these spirals are a natural response programmed into our brains for survival.!!!

Back in our caveman days, being on high alert served us well. But in today’s world, it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and frozen.

So, how do we break free from these spirals?

It starts with self-awareness. Pay attention to how your body reacts when the spirals begin. Are you feeling tense? Are your thoughts racing? By recognizing the signs early on, you can intervene before the spiral gains momentum.

Next, practice calming techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness. These simple exercises can help soothe your nervous system and bring you back to the present moment.

And remember, you are not alone on this journey. If you’re struggling with thought spirals, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Whether it’s through therapy, meditation, or simply talking to a friend, there are countless resources available to help you navigate these challenges.

So, as we embark on this new year, let’s commit to breaking free from the grip of thought spirals. Together, we can cultivate a mindset of calm, resilience, and self-compassion.

Wishing you peace and clarity on your journey,

Feeling like we might be a good fit to work together as you tackle those thought spirals?!?! Simply leave a comment below or email me at denisemarie@alignandbalancecounselling.com.

Let’s connect and see if it’s a good fit!