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How Can I Stop Intrusive Thoughts?

Paul candidly shares his struggle with intrusive thoughts, highlighting the fear and shame that often accompany them. Paul explains the normalcy of intrusive thoughts, emphasising that they do not define a person's character. He explores the root causes of intrusive thoughts, linking them to unmet emotional and physical needs.

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  • Intrusive thoughts can arise from unmet emotional and physical needs, such as stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy habits like excessive drinking, and a sense of stagnation in life.
  • By accepting intrusive thoughts, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in breathing exercises, individuals can rewire their brains to respond differently to these thoughts and reduce their impact.
  • Paul encourages seeking professional help if intrusive thoughts lead to a strong desire to harm oneself or others, emphasising that it's important to address underlying issues with the support of a therapist.
  • It is worth remembering the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in addressing intrusive thoughts. A holistic approach involving mindset training, meditation, and lifestyle changes can help individuals set themselves free from intrusive thoughts.


"Intrusive thoughts are completely and utterly normal. You might not think that with the thoughts that might be appearing in your head, and it can be around the darkest of subjects."

"Your story will determine your experience. So if you're experiencing intrusive thoughts, think about what emotional and physical needs are not being met right now."

"So accept what's appearing. Breathe into it. Choose to see them as just intrusive thoughts. Maybe be grateful that the message is still appearing to help you change your course in life."


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Paul Sheppard

Paul Sheppard is a life-transforming anxiety and mindset coach, hypnotherapist, and host of the top ten Mindset Change podcast. He is on a mission with his holistic approach to help everybody set themselves free from limiting mindsets and feel less anxious and more empowered.

Paul coaches people 121 or in groups online around the world, and you can reach him here.

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