I’m writing this as much for myself as I am writing it for you readers. I had been meaning to write a blog post about how to break the vicious cycle of overthinking which comes with anxiety. Honestly, there really is no point to worrying about what may happen, and there is never a good enough reason to lose sleep. Yet many of us will toss and turn, ruminating over current dilemmas, and robbing ourselves of precious slumber, all because we just can’t turn off our brains.
When we obsess over situations which we have little power to change in that moment, we act like hamsters on a wheel, going endlessly around and around, finding no exit and no solution. So why do we do it? How do we let it go?
Though it can be difficult to break free from the urge to keep thinking about how to solve problems in our lives, doing so is a vital component in calming our nerves and keeping us balanced and sane. So the next time you find yourself fretting over something like a conflict at work, a financial issue, or something else which has you all tied up in knots, do the following:
- Ask yourself, “Will worrying about my issue help me in any way to solve it?” If the answer is no (and it usually is no), then there truly is NO POINT to thinking about it. Let it go, breathe, and get on with your day.
- If you just can’t turn off your thoughts, then grab a notebook and a pen, and write down a list of all pros and cons and potential solutions you can think of. Then put your notes away and don’t look at them until the next day. Quite frequently, you will find your answer in those notes you scribbled.
- Remember that there is ALWAYS another way to look at a situation, even if you think you are stuck. So think outside the box.
- Sleep on it. We often get ourselves so worked up about conflicts and obstacles, that simply getting a good night’s sleep can help to clear our thoughts so that we can tackle such conflicts with a refreshed mind.