Managing Intrusive Thoughts

Hey everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to discuss about intrusive thoughts and share a couple of strategies that have helped me cope with them (yes even therapists experience them!) Intrusive thoughts can be very distressing and overwhelming for some of us, but it’s important to remember that they are a common experience for many people.

Firstly, one strategy that has been effective for me is mindfulness meditation. By practicing mindfulness, I’ve learned to observe my thoughts without judgment or attachment. When intrusive thoughts arise, instead of getting caught up in them, I acknowledge them and then gently bring my focus back to the present moment. This helps me to create some distance from the thoughts and reduces their power over me.

Another helpful strategy is cognitive behavioral techniques, such as thought challenging. When I notice myself experiencing intrusive thoughts, I try to identify any irrational or distorted beliefs underlying them. Then, I actively challenge these beliefs by questioning their validity and replacing them with more realistic and balanced thoughts. This process has helped me to reframe my perspective and reduce the intensity of my intrusive thoughts.

Of course, managing intrusive thoughts is an ongoing process, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to be patient and compassionate with yourself as you explore different coping strategies.


What are some ways you’ve learned to manage your thoughts?
Have you found a strategy that works all the time?

Hear from you soon!