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I tend to dwell... A LOT! On bad thoughts and things I really don't want to recall. I can't help but I do it even when I am busy.
How do you cope with that?

I tried meditating yesterday with a pen in my hand. I focused really really hard on the object in my hand... It's weight, the touch, etc...
And it kinda helped. Not so much but it was better than nothing. I think I just need more training on concentration. It's really hard trying NOT to think.

I wonder what everybody else does?

P.S. What I recall are not small problems I can fix/confront in current situations. They're flashbacks of really bad physical/sexual abuse experiences. I do go through therapy, but when I am alone at home, these issues crawl back to me mentally, making me really sick and disturbed. :(
I can't sleep some nights because of it. So I am kinda desperate for solutions/alternatives here.
 

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I have a hard time actually avoiding it per se, but I have some tactics (faulty as they may be) to fend them off. I usually say something out loud- doesn't matter who is around at the time. It's usually something absurd like, "Wow, I'm so ridiculous" or "People just like to do what they want...". Almost as if I'm combating the anxiety in my head.

I've actually did this a couple times sitting in class. One time in geography class we were watching Planet Earth and I had an onslaught of negative thoughts/memories. I actually said out loud to no one in particular, "I mean I just like to do what I want sometimes... you know?" Some people looked at me like this: :sus and snickered.

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I don't know if you understood that... it's kind of hard to explain.
haha! You know, I do say things out loud too! But its usually just some swearing like "dammit!" and then just repeating that. But that's more like when I'm in an aggravated mood and situation I can't handle. But thanks for sharing that story! It made me laugh which always helps :)

TigerLilyie< I'll try to find that book or something similar. You're right. Reading should help a lot. I just have a hard time focusing or finding something interesting enough to be distracting.
 
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