The THOUGHT BOX.
Not sure where this idea originated, but it’s one I’ve used with the kids since they seemed open to it. I apply the concept to bad dreams, primarily…or at least that’s where it started. Now I apply it even more liberally, to things they are scared of, worried about.
Here’s how it works:
Close your eyes, and in you mind’s eye, imagine a small box. That is your Thought Box.
You control your Thought Box. You decide what gets to stay there. If something creeps in that you don’t want there, push it out. It’s your decision. It’s your mind. You control it.
Not sure how effective the process is for them, but maybe it helps a little. If it doesn’t help them, it for sure helps me use words as a strategy for coping with negative thoughts in the mind.
Not only does it work for them maybe, but I’ve been using it more of late in my own head too.
Work clouding my brain? Use the Thought Box. Too many issues to count? Revert to the Thought Box. Things you can’t control getting the better of you?
You decide what stays there. It’s your mind. You control it. You control what gets to stay in the Thought Box.
Try it. I hope you find it useful.