I have done both often enough to know that I can get to “crazy” frighteningly fast. So, now, when my mind is racing or obsessing, the quickest fix is to:
- Recognize (what is happening as unproductive)
- Rewind (to where I stepped off the ledge into the whirlpool)
- Reprogram (to simple)
Remembering the chaos I have caused myself and others (with no results to show for it) should be enough incentive to begin this step-by-step process, but usually the mind is in no condition to be rational. So…I have to drag myself reluctantly into submission.
When I do, though, it is a quick path to peace.
So worth it.