Thinking, re-thinking and thinking some more before making a decision
Ruminating over something, whether it was something someone said, didn't say, did or didn't do
Telling stories and not the fairytale kind
Do any of those sound familiar to you?
I raise my hand.
I can be the queen of rumination. I will chew on something until it's lost all it's flavor. Oh, and don't get me started on story-telling. The stories in my head can be some real doozies. I'd like to blame the stories that I tell myself on my creative writing background, but then I'd just be telling another story.
Here's the deal-o…we're human. I know, shocker…bet you didn't see that coming. But we are, and as human beings we're trained, taught, pre-disposed, born, to think. However, when it comes to overthinking, rumination, and story telling, we weren't born to do those things. I'm pretty sure those are things we learned from our environment and from others. (Not to place blame here by any means.)
The bottom line; our brains don't know fact from fiction. It takes our lead and works off what we tell it. Enter overthinking, rumination, and stories.
The Three Ways Our Brains Mess With Us
OK, so maybe it's not fair to say that our brains mess with us. It’s how we use them that does. So when we ruminate, overthink, and tell stories here’s what happens…
The Three Powerful Antidotes
These three bad boys are super-effective when it comes to overthinking, rumination, and story-telling. I use them personally and with my clients to not only create awareness, but to stop the madness.
Actually, they're three powerful questions that I ask to create that awareness and to help me to take back my own personal power. Something that always get's diminished when I story tell or ruminate.
At the end of the day, we are all so much stronger than that 3-4 pound mass that sits on top of our shoulders.
Until next time, I'm sending you all much love and light!