Rick Reynolds, LCSW
by Rick Reynolds, LCSW
Founder & President, Affair Recovery

Intrusive Thoughts: How to Stop Them

  How can you find peace in the chaos of betrayal? It’s the question of the ages. How do you escape from the relentless intrusion of painful memories, or the fearful thoughts of what might yet happen. Uninvited, these thoughts crash in on our consciousness. At best, they leave us unsettled and at worse, incapacitated, grasping for a sense of stability, longing for times past where all seemed well and secure. The problem is focus. God grants all the peace I need, but He only gives the grac…
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This is a very helpful way of

This is a very helpful way of looking at my emotions and knowing where and when I can receive the strength and grace I need. It’s been helpful for me to remind myself that it’s completely natural for my mind to go to the past or future. I’ve been learning that in those moments it’s important to be gentle with myself, not to scold or chastise myself for going to those places, but allowing myself to feel what I feel. Then, I can gently lead myself back into the present. But if I pull too harshly, it becomes difficult not to get stuck in those negative thoughts. My mind is a stubborn mule. Pulling on it with force won’t get it anywhere, but coaxing it gently will lead it back to where it needs to be.

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