Suicidal thoughts can be scary and intrusive. When you are battling these emotions, you may feel lost, depressed, and alone. Although these thoughts may not be welcomed, they can be hard to forget once they start. As experts in trauma counseling in Orlando, we help many people cope with these intrusive thoughts and we give them the help they need to keep preserving through their challenges. These are a few things you should do when you are dealing with suicidal thoughts.
One of the best things you can do when you are suffering from overwhelming suicidal thoughts is talk to someone. Find a trusted friend or family member that you can talk to about what is going on in your head. They can assist you in finding the help you need to overcome these thoughts and start being happy about the life you have. When you trust someone else, you open up and admit that you need help.
When you are dealing with negative thoughts, you want to create a space to welcome positivity and optimism. You can create these moments by putting together a playlist full of your favorite, uplifting songs. If you are feeling down, play your songs so that you can start to shift your mood and hopefully minimize the suicidal thought inside your head.
Looking back on good times with friends and family is another great way to stay grounded and minimize negative thoughts. If these thoughts are becoming overwhelming, reach for a photo album full of photos showing your favorite life experiences with those you love most. You remind yourself of all the wonderful things, people, and events you have in your life, and this can help to reduce the suicidal thoughts and keep you grounded in reality.
Another way to ground yourself is to cuddle with your pet. If you have a dog or cat, reach for your furry friend, and have a five-minute cuddle session. Animals are wonderful for reminding us that they need us here, and they have a great way of showing their love towards us. When you are feeling alone or down, it can always help to have the support of a cuddly, furry friend.
Get out of your house and go visit a friend or family member. When you are feeling overwhelmed with suicidal thoughts and you are all alone, the best thing can be to go be around people that will help to bring you out of your head. Ask a friend to go for a walk, or go visit your parents. These individuals will welcome your visit and make sure that you are surrounded by love and positivity.
These are just a few things you can do to get outside your head when you are dealing with suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one are dealing with these negative, intrusive thoughts about suicide, it is important to talk to someone you trust.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.