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How To Stop Overthinking

Anxiety is one of the most common themes discussed in my therapy room. Increased social media use, poor sleeping habits, and less stigma around mental health have brought the topic to the forefront. Let’s not forget we recently came out of a global pandemic and the recent cost of living crisis creates a new level of uncertainty and stress.

But what is anxiety? Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and general unease often driven by a need to control or predict the future. Anxious thoughts can affect everyone but for some, it becomes crippling and interferes with daily living.

How does it feel? Symptoms include trouble sleeping, sweating, rapid breathing, fear, restlessness, tiredness, and difficulty concentrating. While recognising symptoms is important, learning your triggers (stress, financial issues, conflicts, or social events) is imperative for managing your mental health and gaining more understanding.

Anxious thoughts can be overwhelming and daunting, but there are things you can do to help control them. First, it's essential to be mindful of negative thoughts and to recognise they are only temporary and will pass. Then, it's important to practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga, to help reduce the intensity of thoughts. Additionally, it can be helpful to practice positive self-talk, exercise regularly, and journal. Lastly, if anxious thoughts persist, it may be beneficial to speak to a mental health professional.

Remember, you are not alone and can get through this!