How to Break The Cycle of Negative Behaviors and Thoughts

Groundhog Day has been a playful American holiday since 1887. Every February 2, we wait for our nation’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, to tell us if spring is near, even if six more weeks of winter isn’t too alarming for those of us who live in Florida. This year, I’m also thinking about the 1993 movie named after the holiday, in which Bill Murray lived the same day over and over again. This sort of endless cycle seems all too familiar when we think about the events of the last few years.

Many of us feel like we have been stuck in a time loop since the onset of this pandemic, unable to break free. The events of the past two years have been incredibly challenging and disruptive to our society, and they seem to just keep repeating. As a mental health organization, we at Aspire have seen firsthand the negative impact this has had on individuals and families.

If you feel like you are stuck in a rut, like simple things have become too complicated, or that you’re struggling as you repeat behaviors that are harmful to both your body and mind, it’s time to make some changes. Just like Bill Murray’s character ultimately learns, we can break free of the cycle of negative behaviors and thoughts. We can get help. We can take small steps, and we can move forward with resolutions for better behavioral health.

I want to challenge you this week to use the whimsical nature of Groundhog Day to remind yourself that you do have the power to stop the repetition and create new habits and routines that you want to wake up to every day.

As always, if you or someone you care about are struggling to find a way to make this happen, Aspire can help. Give us a call today and let us tell you more about our compassionate and affordable services: (407) 875-3700.