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How to snap out of obsessive thoughts

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

We all have them; thoughts. Our mind keeps shooting off thoughts throughout the day and even sleep. But what if our thoughts become obsessive and we have difficulties controlling them? Luckily those obsessive thoughts can be controlled over time, and with discipline and repetition, we can change our thought processes.

BECOMING AWARE Even before I was diagnosed with mental illness, I struggled to keep my thoughts in control. They were all over the place. Usually entirely out of context as well. It was hard to switch off. Nobody ever taught me how. I was constantly drowning in obsessive thoughts—an endless repetition of fears that would ultimately control me throughout the day.

When I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, my psychologist told me that my obsessive thoughts were part of the symptoms; ‘they will get better over time when the medication starts to kick in.’ But they didn’t. For all I knew, they became worse.

What I didn’t know back then was that we are all capable of controlling our thoughts. [you are not your mind] We can create new thinking patterns and switch off false obsessive thoughts.

"Most of our obsessive thoughts are old records repeatedly playing in our head.” Luckily those records can be replaced, and with discipline and repetition, we can change our thought processes over time

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This doesn’t automatically mean that we never have obsessive thoughts anymore. I still have them.

But this time, I am aware and know I can snap out of them.

Even though I have been training my mind for a few years, snapping out of obsessive thoughts can be challenging. Sometimes I cannot control my obsessive thoughts with a new thought alone. Therefore I have created a personal roadmap that helps me to snap out of my obsessive thoughts.


The roadmap works as follows: to snap out of obsessive thought; you want to create an action that distracts the mind at that moment.

Roadmap Obsessive Thought

The roadmap is unnegotiable. If I feel an obsessive thought coming up, I’ll ensure there’s no room for that thought to grow. I follow the roadmap.

It is essential to look at your own needs when creating your list. What do you like doing? What do you need to snap out of your obsessive thoughts?

Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Try things out. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, try something new. Just keep going until you have created the most effective roadmap for yourself. CONCLUSION We are all capable of controlling our thoughts. It seems that our thoughts are random, but they're not. You can start today by training your mind and eliminating your obsessive thoughts.

What obsessive thoughts do you have? And how do you deal with your obsessive thoughts?

Click HERE for exercises to strengthen mentally, and download your Roadmap below.

Personal Roadmap
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