don't think of a polar bear: shifting thoughts

Getting Unstuck From Sticky Thoughts

Have you ever had a seemingly irrational thought or worry get stuck in your head no matter how hard you tried to ignore it?

Let’s do a thought experiment: for the next 60 seconds, think about anything that you want to think about. You can reflect on your new favorite podcast, that funny TikTok video, a conversation you had with your best friend, or what you’re having for lunch (that’s probably what I’m thinking about). But whatever you do, DON’T think about a POLAR BEAR.

How long did you last (I’m guessing not very long)?

In my most recent article for the Phoenix Mom’s Collective, I share why trying to ignore certain thoughts will actually make them stronger and the most effective strategies for getting unstuck from sticky thoughts.

Don’t Think Of A Polar Bear: Addressing Disruptive Thoughts

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Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana

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