What causes overthinking? Well, first we need to understand what overthinking is. Overthinking is the repetitive activity of worrying, and stressing over the same thought. We all get lost in our thoughts at times. But overthinking can cause us more stress and anxiety, and vice versa.
What Causes Overthinking: Stress
Stressors are a big reason why one might begin to overthink, whether it’s work stress like an important presentation, life changes, relationships etc. it can be difficult to break out of the cycle of overthinking. More often than not, stressful situations have solutions, and eventually pass. At these times it’s important to remind yourself that you will not be in this situation forever.
What Causes Overthinking: Anxiety
Stress can bubble up and overtime turn into anxiety. This will also cause bouts of overthinking which can become overwhelming and cloud your mind, making it difficult to focus on other things. At times anxiety can seem irrational and come out of nowhere, however there is usually an underlying issue at play that is causing us anxiety.
There are many ways to manage overthinking, one helpful tool is professional help. Therapy may be one of the best tools to help understand and overcome overthinking. Especially when it is caused by anxiety. However there are exercises we can do ourselves to help stop overthinking as well.
- Create anxiety affirmations. Do them daily or whenever you are overthinking.
- Journaling. Writing out your thoughts can help you contextualize and work through them.
- Breathing Exercises. Breathing exercises can help calm you physically.
- Monitoring your Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Stress Levels. RPM solutions can help you track the physical manifestation of your stress and anxiety.
If you have constant feelings of stress or overwhelm, it is beneficial to keep track of your stress levels and symptoms of stress and anxiety. This can include tracking your vital signs such as heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. These key vital signs are closely related to stress, and seeing physical manifestations of your stress can help you identify when you need to take a step back and evaluate the way you manage it.
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