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S2.E26 Direct Impact with Andrea Epting - Mind Tricks Part Two

Welcome back everyone - Let’s continue down our list of mind tricks to use when we find ourselves disregulated or leaning into old, unwanted behaviors.

Episode Highlights:

Opposite action - Doing the opposite action of what we are craving

Doesn’t have to be the complete opposite, can just be a better choice

Make a big deal of it

Creates new habits, new neural pathways

“I could do this, but I can choose a healthy opposite action”

Tell somebody.. Say it out loud - Identify these negative cognitions out loud

Does this sound true or irrational?

Community is important - say it out loud, and allow someone to reflect and react

Name it to tame it - notice/acknowledge the feeling or emotion attached to the craving

Don’t attach to them, but spend time with and name these emotions

Radical Accountability - wacky, silly, or extreme ways to get ourselves through the cravings

*Urge surfing - sitting in our disregulations and negative emotions until they pass

This is a challenging practice that requires mental muscles

Sitting through thoughts and cognitions, discovering the feelings underneath them, maybe connecting to them

Call to action: You now have ten new mind tricks to use; implement one this week!

Andrea’s Plan to Recover Journal found here:

Find Andrea at her practice, and check out her upcoming workshops!Resolve Strategies,

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Masters Addiction Counselor, and Certified Sex Therapist

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