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Too many internal monologues

Livvie

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I constantly have a REALLY loud internal monologue/voice/narration in my head, as well as another stream thinking about something else, and then another one playing out different scenarios, and then another 'voice' on a different train of thought.

How do I quiet my internal monologue please? I feel like I’m trapped in a room with lots of people having conversations. The main 'voice' is the worst as its loudest. I often say 'shut up' or 'no' out loud…. People are going to think I’m crazy! I feel like I never get a quiet minute to myself.

I’m sure I’ll get mindfulness recommended to me, but it’s so hard to get that voice to shut up and focus on things outside my head. I guess I need practise.

To clarify… I am not hearing voices, these are just my own voices in my head.

Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be 'unintelligent' (no prejudice for low IQs here, we are all our own valuable persons) and not constantly think about things.


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Livvie

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Have you reached out to talk to anyone?


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I don’t know. I’ve had counsellors for years. Actually my hypnotherapist was making some good progress until the pandemic hit. There’s a lot I need to sort out actually. How is it I’ll spend hours talking and reading online yet a simple referral letter I can’t write?


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I'm sorry to hear you are struggling with this. It sounds like a form of racing thoughts to me. You could try saying a positive mantra to yourself to counteract whatever your mind is saying. Like for example, if they said you are in danger you could repeat to yourself "I am safe now". Also some medications can help racing thoughts. I agree talking to someone is a good idea.
 

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I think, as a rule, we all talk ourselves within our heads. Meaning nobody else will know we are all doing it. Is this right. Is that right. Am I making the choice here. Bit like playing everything we are either doing or are going to be doing over in our heads. As a rule I would say there is nothing wrong with this. But if it begins to get in the way of things it can become an issue. What we see with some people is that they might go through what is a normal day to them. They come home. Then they begin to replay the events of the whole day back out in their head. Is like they are checking on everything they done and said. Was it done right. Did they say the right things. This could be they life, day in, day out. So to hear yourself talking within to a lesser extent, to me, is all good. More depends on how far you take it. But we can all play things out in our head. How do you stop such a thing? Because it is your own voice. At most you can be ready for when you are about to do it. Sort of tell yourself ' No '. Not this time. Bit like any bad habit. You stop yourself before you do it, by making yourself aware of when you are going to do it. Odd bit of talking to youself is all good. We can think things out loud within the head before we do them. Nothing wrong with that at all. Much the same as the normal thought process. We all have to think at times. No stopping that. Some simply think with words in their head. Like I am doing right now when writing this out.
 
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