>>16676537 I was having a perfectly good day, looking for jobs online, helping mom with the house work, playing with the dogs and making tea when I remembered that the syrian crisis is a thing, and the thought of innocent civilians makes me sad, and the thought of getting raped/killed by muslims makes me sad, too, and that sometimes there are literally no good options and human suffering is awlays inevitable and now I'm sitting here in my bed crying, hiding under a blanket and knowing that it doesn't make the big scary world go away.
The key to prevent sadness and fear for the future is preparation. Take self defense and have the skills and reference experiences to feel confident.
Additionally, it seems you went on a depressive thought cascade. Basically, one bad thought leads to another right? The key to that is to insert a time gap between thinking of something sad, then expressing that sadness physically.
Try pausing for one second before you think of the next thought. Maybe (inside your mind) scream the word PAUSE! Do it for one second, before you physically react. Eventually work your way up to 2 seconds, to 5, to 10, to 15, 20, 30, 45, then 60 seconds.
From there, you learn that you have the power to choose how to react to a bad, or even good, feelings.
Hello. I am like OP, and i was just about to make a thread. I'm seen as confident, outgoing, and a whole example of a man in a country and city where true ''man'' are rarely seen. I also believe those things, i do have a lot of good traits. However, i live a constant, internal struggle agaisnt myself, because i am ''triggered'' by certain things, like rape, some kinds of violence such as innocent killings, intrusive thoughts, and all. Part of me thinks i like those things. Another part of me also thinks i'm weak and scared of those things. The rest of me hates those things so much it wants to go killing people that do those kinds of things. The rest of me just want those meaningless thoughts and struggles to go away. But the fear, for example, of someone raping someone i love, is overwhelming. The powerlessness of hearing such news only after the act occured, and remembering they are fragile. I've worked and work on myself on becoming strong so i can protect myself and people who are close to me. But not everyone i love is close to me at all times. Thoughts like those turned into tortured, and i don't have a single 5 minutes of inner peace if i try to concentrate on butterflies and beautiful landscapes.
I've made a list of things that make me unhappy, and i'm waiting until i have enough money to see a therapist, which i'm also not so hopeful since such professionals, the psychologists, around here, aren't that good. But i'm somewhat hopeful.
I want an advice on how to deal with those thoughts and feelings, on how i'm easily shaken from happy to annoyed/melancholic/angry at a mere thought of an hipothetical situation or a mistake i've made. What can be done? I see no problem in facing fears and challenges, hence why i'm bothered that something as feeble as my own thoughts are my only weaknesses at the moment. It's like a way fate found to balance or test me.
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