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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 02:37 PM

Chronic Overthinking

Swati Singh (@Swati2610) Tweeted:
#HeavyIsTheHeadThat has anxiety as its resident.

#Illustration - Emma Correll
#mentalhealth #anxiety #humour https://t.co/9vKQeRtBTQ

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 02:42 PM

1. Yes, paralysis by analysis..I have to remind myself all the time to

breathe and change my thought process.. for it is in my own mind, of which I have control..there is so much crap all around..the last thing we need to do is beat ourselves up..

Music is my go to..

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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 02:42 PM

2. That is so very true.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 02:52 PM

3. That's the process that

keeps people from falling asleep and keeps them awake when they wake up at 2am.

You have to learn tricks to turn that crap off.

Thought stopping has worked for me in the past, and it's very simple.

At the first sign of one of those awful thoughts you yell in your mind as loudly as you can yell in your mind: STOP!!

And when it restarts, same deal: STOP!

And eventually your brain gets the message that your conscious mind is not going to allow it to ruminate. You can add to the technique by quickly substituting a happy thought, a positive admonition, or as one poster said, soothing music.

It sounds kind of simple minded, but it can work for some people

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