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Identifying and releasing negative feelings
And I’m confused about releasing and ruminating. Is it the recognition and exploring that’s helpful? Because the feelings are like always there and id rather just get rid of them.
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Yes, recognizing them and exploring them is helpful, @shermananski. A journal is great for writing down these thoughts that keep circulating through your brain. Then sharing it with a trusted professional who can help you.
@shermananski , my, I have some considerable background in ruminating myself. When I am depressed it is a go-to habit of mine that ends of with endless self-critique to the point of feeling worthless. When I catch myself doing this I try to realize that I have explored my past and that it's not going to help me in *this* moment to pursue it any further. I set it aside, and if I feel later that it is important will bring it up with my therapist. I release my thoughts that are very negative in the company of somebody I can trust to give me honest and helpful feedback or just to ask them to listen and to acknowledge my feelings as valid.
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