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how do I stop thinking about running away from my life?

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Last Updated: 04/05/2021 at 4:49pm
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I have been practicing cognitive behavioral psychotherapy since 2007 with a diverse group of adult clients with various diagnoses, all races, and socioeconomic classes.

Top Rated Answers
March 2nd, 2015 6:37am
Based on my personal experience as a 65 year-old mother of five adult children, my 40+ years as a wellness consultant, and my educational background as a health and wellness psychologist, my lessons-learned have been that running away never solved anything. As my mother told me when I was 16 and wanted to run away from home: "You take yourself wherever you go." Rather than stopping thinking about running away, however, why don't you indulge yourself and allow thoughts about what it is specifically that you want to run away from and HOW you can eliminate it from your life rather than allowing it to make you leave your life. My personal philosophy would be to see how I could use whatever it is that I am trying to escape to my advantage. One of the first things that comes to mind is that I can use it to motivate me to change myself so that I am more satisfied with my life. I've learned that if there is something that I don't like about my life, I have the power to accept it or change it. If it is making me unhappy, then, logically, rather than allowing it to force me from my life, I should change it. Perhaps, a better strategy for dealing with your thoughts about running away would be to explore what you need to change to make your life more satisfying. In other words, allow yourself to think about the ways in which you can change your life so that you will want to stay. While that might involve removing negative influences from your life, it will also involve adding "can-do" and "must-do" activities to your schedule.
February 22nd, 2015 11:33pm
By facing it. Always think of the worst case scenario first and then of the best case scenario. Imagine the thing that inspire you to take control of your life and thing around you. Facing and fighting challenge is a part of everyone's life, you always come out of a challenge as a stronger person. So stop running and start fighting.
April 23rd, 2015 4:29pm
Ah.. That is pretty hard.. I can write You a whole book on this, but It won't matter, do You know why ? Change is made by will. No one can change You, but only You Yourself. If You wish to stop running away, then stop getting distracted and stop running away. It's hard of course.. but with enough will and a bit of patience.. and hope, You will stop running away..
May 30th, 2016 10:32pm
Its never fun when you get to the point in life where you want to run away. Sadly though this is never the answer, your problems and history will always find and chase you. The only thing to do is learn to accept it, and choose whether your going to face it or let it get the better of you.
April 11th, 2015 4:50am
You need to find something just for you, maybe some small part of your life, maybe some future plans in your mind, to hold on to, because that will keep you strong, and keep you focused.
June 3rd, 2015 9:01pm
Think about everything that you have in your life that is important to you! There are more things that you may think. Not to mention just how important you are to so many others.
July 21st, 2015 2:12am
try to distract yourself from problems. like signing up for sports or go outside when you have the chance.
July 27th, 2015 1:12pm
You can sop thinking about running away from your life by distracting your mind with someone/something you love and enjoy :) For example, I love skiing and my best friends. I can distract my mind from thinking to run away from my life. If those thoughts worsen, please tell them! They are there to help you :)
December 7th, 2015 12:34pm
you can't stop thinking about running away from life. because it's almost a normal thing for people to think of. The only thing I advise you to do is to think of the chances you would get if you don't run away.
December 28th, 2015 5:15pm
Don't do that because your life is valuable, and you have a purpose that you did not discover yet, everyone in this world was born to change this world so you just have to search for your purpose, and you would be a lot happier
August 30th, 2016 10:03am
Try hypnotherapy, or meditation, both can be done for free, using videos on the internet. They are both very relaxing, can help get rid of unpleasant, and distressing thoughts, and, it can be done in bed!
September 26th, 2016 1:39pm
Learn to see every phase of life as a precious journey. Every turn is not always pleasant, but the bad days will only last for a short time!
February 7th, 2017 7:53pm
Try focusing on the things you like about your life. Think about the people you love and why you like having them around you. Even small things are good to focus on.
March 31st, 2020 8:29pm
I would recommend for you to try and confront your fears and worries head on. If you have a certain aspect of your life that you aren’t happy with, be it a job, school work, social abilities (or lack thereof), attempt to seek out help from others who are willing to help you. Good examples of this are teachers, TRUSTED (cannot stress this enough) friends, family, etc... Also me! And other listeners here on 7 Cups. We’re here on this site for the sole purpose of helping people which are struggling. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you! Have a good day/night/whatever :)
April 5th, 2021 4:49pm
You can stop think about running away from your life through with a few of these thoughts: What are you really running from? Do you think that when you run away you'll find yourself? Maybe you think you'll soon find the life you dream about after running away. But there's an easier, more legal way to go about this. Where are you going to run to? The life you want? But what if you would make the life you want to run away to, your actual life, by staying put. This can start as a few small things. Rerranging you room, getting different clothes. Becoming the person you want to be. Then you can change who you want to be around. Your friends, peers, classes. Just become someone completely different, someone, you love. And by the end of your journey, you have found a different life. A better one. The one you wanted to run away to all along. You just had to find it. Because it always was inside of you.