This article was contributed by Pink Moods.
How are you feeling?
We are constantly subject to our mind’s narrative, informed over the years by judgements, opinions, mistakes and achievements. Sometimes, it’s hard to get out of our own heads. We become plagued with overthinking, whether self-consciously or judgementally, to the point it takes over our lives. We can’t make the simplest decisions or hold the most basic discussions. 75% of us are now suffering from a stress-related illness and the cause of stress for half of those people links back to their thoughts, how they perceive things rather than what is actually happening. Compiled is a METHOD to help you overcome your thoughts and ultimately escape the grip they have over you.
Mindfulness is a medically-recognised exercise in combatting stress which draws from the ancient Buddhist concept of the same name. The modern version draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and formal spiritual practises such as yoga, tai-chi and meditation. Mindfulness is rooted in focussing your energy solely in the present moment using gentle movement, breathing techniques, and abstract analogies to clear your mind and help you think more effectively about any troubles you may be facing. Mindfulness is particularly helpful in targeting thoughts which stem from being unable to let go of past experiences or regrets.[The benefits of a mindful life]
Exercise forces you to focus all your mental energy on pushing your body which helps you feel a sense of achievement and works as a natural antidepressant because of the endorphins you release. Exercise also improves the functionality of your body because your organs, vessels and muscles are forced to work in sync to make the body as effective as possible. The synergy affects your mental processes and therefore helps prevent ineffective thinking.
Not all people who need to escape their thoughts are necessarily depressed or suffering from a form of mental illness, but occasional coaching or therapy can be preventative of this by working as a health check-up for your mind. Coaching over counselling is also better for those whose thoughts don’t stem from particularly negative experiences, who might benefit from a psychological perspective since their reasons for needing help aren’t so clear cut. Without someone else to help you organise and track the progress of certain thoughts and their related issues, it can be tricky to handle. You may enter a state of analysis paralysis, where you overthink so much you are rendered incapable of making decisions about anything in your life. To book a skype or phone appointment with one of our life or business coaches click here.
Do things that make you happy to distract yourself. It doesn’t solve the issue, but it stops it for a period of time and relieves you from the consequent stress. Having fun requires a different mind-set to the everyday workings of life and is a good break from reality. The safest options are those with no effects on your normal life that you’ll have to deal with later, such as visiting family or walking the dog. Opt for something expensive or overly time-consuming and you risk affecting important factors to your wellbeing that the overthinking won’t adapt to well, such as financial or occupational security. For a simple daily confidence or happiness planner click here.
If you have a problem, speak up. Talk to whomever needs talking to, such as your boss, colleague, friend, partner, parent, etc. Ask for their thoughts and opinions on whatever is bothering you and pay close attention. A different perspective can help you see the bigger picture and remind you that your thoughts aren’t always based on logic and facts, but intuition and emotion. If you are one of the 2/3 of women who struggle to speak up to family and friends when stressed, then share it anonymously in our community with others who may have been there too. Use other people to help you learn what is fact from emotion.
It seems simple but it can have a great effect, especially if you suffer from anxiety disorders. Watching what you eat and drink means you can monitor your consumption of stimulants and depressants which affect your moods and subsequently your thoughts. Be wary of caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake and plan meal times. A healthy diet is just as good for the brain as it is for the rest of the body.
Your mind is just another organ that needs taking care of, and overthinking is something to take seriously. Look after your mind because it greatly affects your wellbeing and remember that there are so many people who go through this problem in varying degrees. You aren’t alone.
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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.