Back in February Patrick got Covid. Since he had to isolate we decided to let Moose spend the two weeks upstairs to keep him company. Normally Moose is not an upstairs dog. He’s a big hairy beast and upstairs is carpeted so he’s only allowed up to cuddle right before bed ie: he’s only allowed up when he’s invited to do so.
Well, after spending two weeks up there with Patrick, he kinda took a shine to being an upstairs dog. So he started to wander up there at any time of day – with or without invitation. It didn’t matter that Patrick was back at school and not up there – Moose liked being upstairs.
It took a few weeks of consistently sending him back downstairs before he understood that the rules had gone back to before. During that time this 100 lbs dog was like a ninja – he tried every which way to get upstairs without our noticing.
This is what it’s like to train your brain.
YOU decide when you’ll worry NOT your brain. That won’t stop your brain from trying every which way to ferret it’s way in. Just like Moose kept trying to sneak his way upstairs.
It takes time. It’s annoying and frustrating.
You’ll have to be vigilant for while.
And in time, just like Moose, your brain will learn to follow the rules.
Most of the time 😉
Just like Moose, it’ll need reminders from time to time.
Click here to read the step by step training instructions on how to train your brain to stop worrying at 3am.