Overthinking exhausts me

I know that feeling well when dozens of thoughts are crowded in your mind, that nothing is worse than scenarios that crawl up without being silenced for a moment. You find yourself feeling hopeless when you don't find room to relax or silence them. You feel like whenever you try to push the thoughts away, they keep coming back even more. To help you cope with this overthinking, we have put together a few resources and techniques that may help you feel relaxed and calm. However, if you feel like the situation has become out of control and is affecting your daily functioning, we advise you to seek help from a professional. Details of services available are provided in the link below: 

Why do I suffer from overthinking?

During this time, overthinking is a natural response to the situation. There is no doubt that you are worried about yourself and others around you. These uncertain circumstances may make you feel insecure. Consuming your thoughts on the situation for long periods of time will exhaust or frustrate you.

How does it affect your mental and physical health?

headache

Physical pain.

Stomach ache.

Sleep problems.

Frustration.

Anxiety and stress.

Irritation.

Change in appetite.

Exhaustion. 

Low energy levels.

How to overcome it?

Be aware of your thoughts:

At any moment you feel that the thoughts are increasing,  stop. Go back for a moment and be conscious of those thoughts, write them down on a paper or memo, then test them. How do you find them? Are they logical? Realistic? Are they facts or just expectations? How do they make you feel? How does your body respond to them? Are you feeling better now? Did this benefit you?

You can learn about these techniques by clicking the psychological first aid box and other websites about the techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

If you do not have a paper or do not like writing things down.

You can use an electronic memo and don't forget to visit the Therapeutic Journaling link below.

Practice mindfulness and relaxation

Applying the skill of mindfulness and relaxing will reduce negative thoughts and make you focus on the present.

You can visit the Presence of Mind and Relaxation page to learn more about the benefits of these skills and associated exercises.

Finding a distraction:

To stop overthinking, look for a distraction. Find what you enjoy doing. Each of us has something different that amuses him/her, here are some things you can do. You can visit the bored website for more games and activities.

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Set a timer:

Exercise:

Set a certain limit for yourself, a five-minute timer, and give yourself this time to think, worry, and analyze. Once the timer stops, spend 10 minutes with or without the pen and paper, and write down all the things that worry you, live the experiences that cause you anxiety until the time passes entirely. When the ten minutes are up, throw away the paper and go ahead, it'll be fun to do.

FitOn App.

Exercising helps you get rid of the extra energy caused by stress and anxiety. You can visit the exercise page to learn about the benefits of exercising and various sports.

Or you can download the FitOn app, as this app contains various exercises you can do at any time that suits you.

Is work constantly on your mind? We recommend you to watch this video.

A book we recommend:

"Mark Manson's The Attention Diet"

 

Try reading this book

Your thinking overloaded this period? Affecting your mental health? Share your experience with us here

As human beings, we experience difficult situations that can destabilize us and makes us find it difficult to adapt to new challenges. The factor that helps us overcome this emotion is our belief that these situations do not last forever and will eventually depart and the hope that your affairs will be resolved. The moment you realize that you are not alone in this situation and that there are other people who have gone through worse situations compared to yours. You, therefore, develop an alternative perspective of your difficulty and feel better about yourself, believing that you can make it through the emotional storm. 

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You can also use the techniques in the first aid box to control overthinking

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