ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: What should I do when my mind goes into overdrive?
A: Be sceptical. Remember that your Mind is a great story teller.
When our mind goes into overdrive and thoughts start churning round this is not the time to make decisions. When we are overwrought and becoming embroiled in our stories this is not the time to take action. When our mind starts projecting the worst and is urging us to do something, do anything, this is not the time to give in to its demands.
At such times, and there may be many, this is the time to remember that Mind is, amongst other things, a great Story Teller. We can, and maybe should, learn to look at it with awe; its skills are formidable. But as for doing what it tells us, well maybe not!
The time to take action is when the story lines are fading, when cool heads are replacing angry hearts.
I wrote “COOL HEADS” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- How do you create distance from your angry heart?
- How do you resist the demands of the great story teller?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
POEM FOR TODAY
Mind starts to spin its fantasies, and we are soon in thrall
To the twists and turns it conjures up, as helplessly we fall
For the little bits of fiction that are urging us to act,
But let’s remember before acting, this is fantasy not fact.
Oh it’s hard to create distance when our stories start to spin,
When Mind’s going into overdrive ‘til everything within
Is embroiled within a story telling us what we should do,
But let the warning bells resound, this is a story, it’s not true.
There are times for taking action, preferably with a cool head,
When the story lines are fading, and we’re able to instead
Make decisions more considered based on actuality,
For an action has a consequence, it’s real not fantasy.
And so if Mind is busy spinning let’s remember it’s not real,
Amongst its many other functions Mind’s a giant spinning wheel
Which we can watch in all its glory as its stories tumble out,
But be aware a cool head’s squeezed out when a spinning wheel’s about.
And so let’s let Mind tell its stories, as it will do anyway,
But let’s remember that’s its function, and we’re not required today
To pay heed to its excesses, nor obey what it commands,
And though we may admire its skill, we need not do what it demands.
© Corinne Shields, 2016
If you enjoyed, “COOL HEADS” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
It isn’t easy to defuse from unhelpful thoughts, to stand back from the riveting stories that our Mind conjures up. And yet the more we can do this the less stressful our lives may become.
Learning that we needn’t believe everything that we think can be very liberating. Not being held hostage by our story telling mind and not being bound to obey its sometimes outlandish demands can save us a heap of trouble.
Developing these defusion skills takes some time and effort but the benefits, in my opinion, are well worth it. There is a great article at getselfhelp.co.uk entitled:
DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!
“Defusion involves distancing, disconnecting or seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are (streams of words, passing sensations), not what they say they are (dangers or facts).”
The article outlines some really good strategies for developing defusion skills. I really enjoyed it.
How about YOU?
What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?
Just for today I will ………………………
If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?
I am a student of ACT. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.
With all good wishes