Today’s post is about superheroes and how they can help when we are struggling with unpleasant thoughts.
We all have stressors in our lives; some serious, some every day stress. It sometimes feels as though we’ve been beaten up by a sock full of lemons right to the old noggin.
When life throws lemons (pain, loss, stress, hurt, betrayal, illness, etc.) at your head, it hurts. Sometimes it hurts so deeply you wonder how you will survive the pain.
When I was in my deepest depression, the pain was stabbing and overwhelming. In addition, a continuous loop of flying lemons kept running through my head, making the emotional pain almost unbearable. Day after day, night after night the loop ran over and over and over.
This caused my depression to worsen and my anxiety to fly off the charts. It was awful and debilitating, as I explained to my therapist. Her response was to ask me to name my favorite superhero from childhood.
Not knowing how a superhero would help the situation and not really being into superheroes, I just went with it and finally rattled one off. My therapist (aka teacher) then taught me how to use him to stop the loop.
I will go ahead and share my superhero is the Six Million Dollar Man. Remember him? Lee Majors played the character. Yeah, he was fine and bionic. That says superhero to me!
Through my teacher, I learned to break the lemon loop by inserting The Six Million Dollar Man right smack dab in the middle of it in order to kick its ass!
I have to tell you, my guy does a great job of stopping the painful thoughts when they begin to play. It may sound silly, but it works for me. Just envisioning Lee Majors kicking butt in slo-mo makes me giggle.
Thanks to this technique, I really like superheroes now. They’re just super.
What superhero would you pick to stop the lemon loop? Leave a comment and let me know.
Blessings, Peace and Love,