Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 1 month ago

How do I stop overthinking which leads to my worrying and obsessing?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Overthinking and worrying are more or less the same thing. You're thinking about a problem but not thinking your way through a problem, solving the problem. 

    When we have a lot of anxiety, it puts worrisome thoughts into our heads. There's two ways to get rid of those thoughts.

    One is just to calm down. The easiest way to do this is to breathe slowly till you feel OK Two psychiatrists, Brown and Gerbarg, say a 10 or 20 min slow breathing exercise - 5 breaths a min - is good and 20 min twice a day is a therapy for anxiety. The exercise is inhale and exhale gently, 6 seconds each.

    When you're calm, you can think your way through a problem instead of just worrying about it. Think about the worst thing that can happen, how likely that is and what you could do if it happens. In a stressful situation, think about the different ways you can respond and decide which one is the most intelligent.

    Don't make mountains out of molehills.

    When you use the thinking brain, you get control of the emotional brain, and you feel better.

    Also, replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Count your blessings and remind yourself of your successes.

    The treatments for anxiety range from simple stress reduction methods to therapy and medication. Don't overlook stress management - it can help even with very bad anxiety.

    I have details about things that help in my answers, and you're welcome to click on my name and read.

  • 1 month ago

    Bring your attention back to the present and bring your focus on the current moment, and what you can do at that time.  Remember, you cannot change the past and you cannot know the future, you can only act/respond to the now.  Also, write down your feelings/thoughts and see what patterns emerge.  Do you feel anxious about life in general or is it something specific?  Additionally, the basis of anxiety is the fear of being out of control, so what causes this to happen to you?  Again, write down your triggers and see if there is a relationship between them. Obsessing is not productive and leaves you stuck. Understand your thoughts influence your emotions, which in turn influences your behavior.  If you want a different outcome, make a different choice.  If your overthinking, anxiety and obsessing is impacting your day to day functioning, consider seeking professional help.  You can learn essential coping strategies and come to better understand yourself.

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