Have you ever noticed how repetitive the evaluations of our minds are? It tends to be the same broken record playing again and again. What's the record that your mind is playing? It's very difficult to switch off the noise isn't it? How about if we were to stop trying? What if we could just let… Continue reading The Record Stuck on a Loop
What are your feet doing right now? In this actual moment that you are living in? Poor feet - they work so hard for us and they don't get much attention! Not unless they start to ache. Have you noticed that we don't tend to notice our bodies unless they are hurting? I wonder what… Continue reading Be. Here. Now. Defusion Strategies 4
The Curious Scientist Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to get stuck on a negative thought than on a positive one? It isn't that you really enjoy negative thoughts! It's due to our amazing brain and it's negativity bias. Basically, our brains are "a stay as safe as possible machine!" So when… Continue reading Defusion Strategies 3
Take a sticky thought. A really typical one for many of us is: "I'm not good enough." It shows up in a myriad of ways - our minds have endless creativity for different versions of this one! Here's an exercise from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that can help. Write out a short list of the… Continue reading Defusion Strategies 2
We could all do with a regular feed of positivity and perspective right now. Some of the most helpful psychological skills are those that target psychological flexibility and self-perspective; we can draw on some of the defusion strategies I use in my work and intersperse with techniques drawn from the Positive Psychology model.