The switches in a fuse box control the flow of electricity to certain items and to certain areas in a certain site. The switches are regulators.
You have a psychological fuse box with switches as well. The switches in your fuse box regulate and control the flow of your emotional feelings. If you do not have one you need to create one right now. It is very important to have a monitoring system that allows you to modify, adjust and manage your emotions.
When bad or sad things happen or when you are fearful, anxious or worried you should go to your psychological fuse box and start flipping switches until you find the one that is the right one to turn off those feelings. Some examples of switches can be to listen to music, talk to yourself lovingly, change how you view the situation, dismiss the thought with strong words, go for a walk, go to the gym, stop thinking, call a friend, take a nap, get a massage, play sports, go for a swim, take a drive, paint, write, go to a sports event, buy yourself something, watch a movie, do nothing, go dancing, do something for someone else, or meditate. Think of a positive affirmation while flipping the switch.
You will know when you have the right switch by the way you feel inside. Don’t give up if you can’t find the right one. Keep trying. Be creative. Try new ones. Be patient. You will find it. You may have to invent a totally new one. Make up your own individual list of switches that will work for you and use them whenever you begin to feel badly, sad, frightened, anxious or fearful.
It is not good or healthy for you to remain in an unhappy frame of mind for any length of time. Change it right away. Don’t wait. You have to learn how to throw the fuse box switch and which switch to throw when.
Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864.