Process for Detachment

Hi Guys, I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Today I am sharing the “Process for Detachment”. This is a great technique for anyone who suffers anxiety or panic attacks. It’s also very beneficial during times of worry and stress. The process of detachment is basically, detaching from someone or from a situation.


Process for Detachment

In order to truly detach and separate yourself from any situation, you first need to set the mentality for it. For example, determine why you are detaching from someone or something. What are the benefits of detaching from the situation? When will you begin to detach?

It’s hard to do something without a concrete reason to why you’re doing it in the first place. Therefore, establish a strong reason that you can depend on during this process. Then, make the decision to detach from whatever could potentially cause you distress.

REMEMBER, you have the control to stop whatever it is you are thinking, don’t be afraid to take it!

To begin, ask yourself these following questions:

  1. What has just happened?
  2. What impact does it have on me?
  3. How is it going to affect my mood and behaviours?
  4. Is it my responsibility, or can I hand it back?
  5. Am I able to control what other people will say or do?
  6. Make the decision to keep or hand back.


The Trick to detachment

The trick with detachment is to remember to “check in” with yourself on a regular basis. This helps us to stay on top of emotional triggers. A “check in” allows you to acknowledge how you are feeling while releasing it. To “check in” ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What am I feeling?
  2. What am I thinking?
  3. What am I doing?

These questions allows you to check every area within yourself, it also diffuses any potential harmful thoughts or emotions. You need to release your emotions. We can only keep so much of our feelings and thoughts to ourselves until they will spill out in an unhealthy way! For example arguments, anxiety, panic attacks and so on.

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If you don’t feel comfortable releasing how you are feeling to someone, then try the technique of writing it down. Write down:

  • How you are feeling,
  • What has got you feeling this way
  • And on a scale of 1 to 10, how strong is this feeling.

Once completed, rip up what you have wrote down and throw it away without re-reading it, this is a great releasing technique especially with preventing anxiety. By doing this you are acknowledging and releasing any emotions, instead of suppressing them down and causing anxiety.


Today’s task

Try this process out, ask yourself the above questions to help guide you. Remember, to regularly “check in” with yourself! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

Niamh-Psychotherapist xx

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