Thinking Too Much

Thinking is part of everyday life. In fact the average human has 6,200 thoughts a day!! Most of the time we don’t pay much attention to them, we just do it. But what happens when we think too much in a negative fashion? How do we know when we are thinking too much?

Well a clue is; If you are thinking the same thing over and over again (rumination) or if questions are persistently rolling around in your mind and you are not coming up with any answers or if you repeatedly put yourself down and concentrate on your failings and mistakes, you are thinking too much.

Research has proven that thinking in these ways can lead to depression and bring on anxiety. “Why me?”, “Why do I have problems other people don’t have?”, “Why do I feel so bad?”, “Why am I always ill?”, “Why can’t I get better?” “I am a terrible person”, “I hate myself”. These are all prime examples. Rumination is known to worsen moods and promote negative thinking.

So why do we do it?     Well in most cases it has become a habit.

What can we do about it?   Well, the habit needs to be broken.

Instead of letting these thoughts wander around freely, write them down on paper. Look at the problem in black and white and see if there is an answer. Write away. This is a way of getting the thoughts out of your head. If the thoughts come back, pick up the paper again. You have already analysed the thoughts, what is the point of doing it again?

The next time that your brain seems to be working overtime, say out loud ‘Stop’ and change what you are doing. Focus on the positive things in your life, your family or friends, your home or your garden.  Anything that makes you feels good.

Another tool is to concentrate on the here and now. Worrying about what might happen in the future usually turns out to be a complete waste of time and the past cannot be altered, just learnt from.   So look at today and what you can do to make this minute the best you can. 

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