Managing the Unknown: Reducing Rumination and Committing to your Goals

Too many disorders have a common symptom: rumination, perseveration and the greater experience of fear that disturbs our moments and may even evoke enough agitation to land us in the hospital. Our anxieties can not only get out of hand for us personally, but they also have the potential for complicating our social worlds when we interact with our friends and colleagues. Anxiety has an uncanny way of entering not only our life but the lives with touch in our everyday lives as if our mental health was a communicable disease.
Like most diseases that are viral, we have the power to prevent it from spreading from ourselves to those we interact with at the point of inception. Anxiety, fear, rumination can begin and end with us, if we choose to commit to goals and not let the ifs in life and unknowns fill our everyday. It begins with goal-setting and ends when you’ve decided your dreams are worth fighting for anymore.
Choosing to adhere to our dreams and wants for ourselves and believing in the joy and peace of mind having what you want in life is not only a positive mindset, it’s a productive one that will allow you to cultivate the gains to you need to do accomplish your goals. Rumination, fears and other anxieties are not only unproductive distractors but they are unavoidable.
Fortunately, this unavoidable disruption is both manageable and can be an asset that drives your progress towards your goals forward. Identifying exactly what is that’s in what seems like a perpetual holding pattern taking up unbearable and unwelcome mental energy is a great first step. Realizing that your rumination is just your fears of not reaching your goals manifest is an even further step in demystifying the disturbance and making it accessible to manage it effectively.  By providing you with the insight you need to reduce the disturbances harm and prevent further harm from interfering with your achieving your goals is just another reason to stop you from worrying.
Knowing what’s going to stop you or what won’t let you think about what’s productive doesn’t mean you can’t make the disruption into anther skill or technique to drive you forward in recovery and managing yourself in the manner that suits you attaining your goals.

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Max E. Guttman LCSW

Max Guttman is the owner of Recovery Now in New York. Max provides psychotherapy, complex case management, community consultation, and self-management skill-building groups. His approach is based on evidenced-based practices (EBP). Max earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Binghamton University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a field instructor for both postgraduate and undergraduate students at Lehman College. He is also a social work supervisor and psychotherapist at Courtlandt Avenue Clinic in the South Bronx where he teaches students social work praxis in New York City. In addition to this responsibilities, he manages Mental Health Affairs, a mental health blog.

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