Does anyone else keep themselves occupied to avoid their own thoughts, or is it just me?

You are not alone, and I feel you :( after therapy I’ve learned what to do when those thoughts arise (mainly cbt/dbt for me) but it’s not any less exhausting to have to confront them every time they come up— although it gets easier, after practice. It took me 5 years to finally get to a place where I’m able to address those thoughts without mentally exhausting myself each time— but when it gets bad I still find myself falling into old patterns of constantly listening/watching/doing something to distract myself to keep those thoughts at a lower volume. I hope you can talk to a therapist or counselor about this, since those thoughts can seriously wear you down overtime and intrude upon your life, as you mentioned.

I’m not sure if some of those thoughts are coming from a place of comparison (like comparing yourself to others), but I hope you know your journey is a unique one. I might not be correct when I say this but I think the only valid human comparison one can make is with themselves, especially with the person they were yesterday. It’s okay if you don’t what to do with yourself or your life. Soon you’ll have a degree under your belt and that’s an incredible step forward. There’s so much that’s yet to unfold. Be gentle with yourself when you can, and take it step by step.

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