I was talking with a young person in my family the other day. She has some big changes coming up and she was in freak-out mode. I see a lot of freak-out mode in my office, among friends and family, even in the mirror. What is freak-out mode? It's fast thoughts, rapid heart-rate, catastrophe-thinking, inner panic, "this thing is happening and I'm freakin out!" Around this time of year, there is so much change and transition happening (end-of-school-year, beginning of summer, graduations, moves, etc). There is much to freak out about for so many.
This is the thing about freak-outs, they are all about overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it is important to talk all about it. Sometimes we need a quick re-set. When catastrophe thinking has taken over, it is often best to avoid talking all about it. The quick re-set is a better way to go. One of my favorite "re-set" strategies is Big Picture/Little Picture. It works like this:
As you come back to calm, you may be surprised at how a creative solution may come to you when your body and mind are settled again.
Be kind to yourself.
Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW--C
As a therapist, mother, daughter, partner, and seeker, I am always on the journey toward a more peaceful, authentic life. I hope to share knowledge, insights, and the ongoing unknowns I find along the path...