Overthinking

It is thinking and pondering over the same thoughts repetitively. An individuals overthinking makes them analyse the simplest of situations and events until the sense of proportion has gone. These individuals often tend to convert these thoughts into negative actions or outcomes which
leads to feeling of anxiousness and worry.

Symptoms

Before you can put an end to overthinking, you have to recognize when you’re doing it. Here’s how to know when you’re overthinking.

The thoughts are repetitive

Second guessing yourself

The thoughts keep you up at night

These thoughts hinder your decision making

Since the symptoms are different for everyone, it's important to know the level of your overthinking and seek assistance for the same.

Some questions you can ask yourself

If your answer to most of these questions is a YES, you might need to seek assistance from an expert. Don't forget, overthinking can be easily treated and you can recover from it.

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Does most of my time go worrying about everything?

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Is my mind floating with unwanted and cynical thoughts more than often?

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Do I crib about a single thing more than required?

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Are my thoughts a reason for my sleeping issues?

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Am I unable to focus or concentrate?

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Do I feel like being judged?

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Do I always worry about things that I do not control?

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Is most of my free time spent about the things people have said or the events that have occurred?

Therapy and Benefits

Counseling

It is a two way conversation where a certified counselor helps the client to overcome overthinking. They assist in identifying the problem, figuring out solutions and ways to escalate self-esteem, work on triggers, calm the wandering mind, improvise the thought pattern. They take regular sessions to work on the thought loop as they affect the action of an individual.

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Expressive Arts Therapy

Art therapies provide people with an overthinking mind a convenient foundation to express themselves. It helps an individual to identify their psychological hurdles and channelize it towards a positive activity. They gain self-esteem and gradually conquer their fear. With the help of activities like making art, dancing and writing an individual can keep sleep troubles at bay.

Mindfulness based therapy

This is a psychotherapy that helps in creating a gulf between the client and the thoughts and feelings that trouble them. It makes their mind more stable and focused in the present, further
curbing stress and anxiety. This helps them to live with a more meaningful thought process without self-criticism, over-thinking or mood swings. It breaks the loop of negative thoughts after a period of time.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The CBT helps a person to recognize and change the rigid beliefs that affect their ability to sleep. This therapy helps in putting a halt on the negative thoughts that flutters in the mind. CBT helps in tracing the link between our thought process, our actions and our sleep pattern.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

REBT is an approach where initially the identification of negative thoughts and scornful beliefs is done. It is done because these may further lead to emotional and behavioral issues. It is a philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy. It comes to use with people who have a rigid mind and thought pattern.

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