I am very skilled at getting stuck in vicious cycles. Negative feedback spirals that sometimes paralyze me, and make my head crazy. Perhaps you've experienced one, too?
Here are a couple of my old reliables:
The other day, realizing I was feeling paralyzed, I typed "vicious cycle" into google. And that was when I first discovered that vicious cycles have a happier and less-famous counterpart called the virtuous cycle: "a beneficial cycle of events or incidents, each having a positive effect on the next."
It was hard to get my brain to go there, under the paralyzing circumstances, but eventually I came up with a few examples:
So maybe I found the key?
You other negative-loopers out there can help me test the theory. Every time we realize we're in a vicious cycle, we can disrupt it with the first step of a virtuous cycle and make that feedback spiral swing upward. What do you think? So far it's really worked for me.
Can you offer another virtuous cycle for the toolkit? Knowing the steps really might be half the battle.