Unwanted thoughts are those intrusive thoughts that cause high levels of distress. They seemingly come from nowhere, stick with us, and can cause a significant amount of anxiety. Unwanted intrusive thoughts generally consist of repetitive thoughts about relationships, decisions, sexual identity, safety, religion, death, or worries about questions that have no certain answer. When these thoughts are graphic or contain “inappropriate” themes, people can feel embarrassed or ashamed by them, which can cause people to not talk about what is happening.
Religion refers to the organized, community-based system of beliefs. Spirituality, on the other hand, resides within the individual and what they personally believe. You can be part of a religion and not be spiritual, while you can be spiritual and not a part of an organized religion. Both religion and spirituality are shown to have positive impacts on mental health.
Life is very much like a roller coaster - full of ups and downs. At some point or another you may find yourself going through one of those low points. Whether it’s the lose of a job, an addiction, or perhaps something entirely out of your control - life happens and sometimes you can’t always avoid it. So what can you do to bounce yourself back to a better place? Here are a few suggestions.
Most people worry about work and bring the anxiety home with them. This worry can include keeping a mental record of things that happen at work and then thinking about why you may get fired. When stated out loud, it might sound ridiculous, but it is very common. While an amount of concern for your job is healthy (you want to do well and succeed), if you are having anxiety-provoking feelings on a daily basis, you may have naturally formed a bad habit. Here are a few tips for stopping yourself from always thinking the worst at work. Things are probably not as bad as you think!
Mindfulness is the process of bringing one's attention to what is occurring in the present moment. If you live with chronic illness, odds are that you have been told to do activities that promote mindfulness. When living with serious symptoms, it can be hard to see how mindfulness helps or how you will find the time/energy to engage in these activities. The trick is to find mindfulness in the everyday things you already do - you usually don’t even have to set more time aside. The main focus of mindfulness is the stay present and be fully in the moment.