Mental Health ?

Does anyone have those days where you mind just gets caught in a loop of thought that your heart isn’t ok but you know that it is ? How do yo get out of that loop ?



by Gotrhythm - 2019-08-01 17:39:17

What has worked in the past to get you out of thought-loops?

Mental Health

by Toban610 - 2019-08-01 18:06:58

Not being alone keeping busy. What has worked for you ?


by Piggers365 - 2019-08-02 08:27:31

Talk to someone. Rationalise the situation, think of all the people that abuse their bodies and don’t have the safety of a PM OR ICD.  After you reflect on that you realise just how resilient the human body is and appreciate that we have the added security of science assisting the nature... 


by Tracey_E - 2019-08-02 09:36:38

Rationalization doesn't work because your brain isn't being rational. You know it's not rational but the thoughts keep popping up so that's when distraction is in order.  Exercise is my favorite anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, fix-whatever-is-bothering-me.  Work up a good sweat, feel my heart working the way its supposed to, get that kick of endorphins. Other things that help me are being outside, being with friends, calling a friend if I can't be with one, brush my dog, volunteer. Find what works for you, but often as time goes by it becomes less and less of an issue. We get back to our lives, we feel good, we learn to trust the pacer to do what it's supposed to. 

If it doesn't get better, if it affects your ability to enjoy life, then it's time to talk to someone. Even one or two visits can help us get a new perspective and relearn some destructive habits. 

Move the body

by Gotrhythm - 2019-08-02 15:13:42

A thought loop by definition is something that happens when you get "stuck" in your head.

As Tracey says, the answer to getting unstuck is to get out of your head and move the body.

Any movement is better than no movement, but best is movement that accomplishes something you want to accomplish...builds something you want to build...creates a relationship. with someone or something outside yourself.

If you like sports that's great, but if you don't, there are still many, many options--for instance, playing any musical instrument requires you to move your body--doing it with a group builds relationships.

Not musical? Walk the dog. Better still, train the dog. Don't have pets? Play with some children.  Garden. Sweep the steps in front of your house. Do you see where I'm going here?


by ROBO Pop - 2019-08-03 19:22:41

I recommend drugs

Drug ??

by Toban610 - 2019-08-03 20:44:05

What kind of drug ??


by Tracey_E - 2019-08-04 11:19:20

(that was a joke)

what helped me

by dwelch - 2019-08-06 03:42:17

was to take my pulse.  always take a full minute dont shortcut the 10 or 15 seconds and multiply.

You know what that first year when the pacer changed it from me feeling every beat and that being normal to not feeling anything and that being a problem.  My heart was always working and was at least at the minimun rate if not faster.  Never once was it not working.  

I read somewhere that there is something special about counting and the brain.  Count to 10 before you blow up at someone, counting sheep to fall asleep.  Not only did checking my pulse confirm my heart was still beating, the act of counting may have also helped. 

Dont use a heart rate monitor, not uncommon for those not to work on us as we are electrically special.  Put  your fingers on your wrist or neck, look at a clock, count for a  minute.  Repeat as many times as needed.   

The damn thing just works...I am no longer broken.



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by Heartthrob - 2019-08-27 16:50:03

Meditation and pleasurable conversation are my top antidotes for worry. The first quiets racing thoughts and the second engages the mind in something other than fretting. Good luck.

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