How Do I Deal With Overthinking?FeelingsHow Do I Deal With Overthinking?<div class="ExternalClassB94301350844428380AAD47CD9092D0B"><p>​<span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Hello, I am writing to ask how to deal with excessive worry and overthinking. It affects my day all the time and I can’t stop thinking about things, even if I cannot control them. The excessive worrying takes up most of my day and I start to overthink and feel guilty over things. Any advice would be appreciated. This is hard to explain it in writing! </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE0912858485D47D086D356D9847D69F7"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">We are glad you are reaching out tonight. We can appreciate how exhausting and frustrating continual worrying can be. It sounds like this is a pattern of thinking for you. Something triggers the anxiety, and then it sort of takes off on its' own. Your emotional thinking takes over, tuning out your logical thinking. If that is the case, you will want to have a plan of various activities you can do when you get triggered. Starting to do an activity that will require your brain to logically focus on something else instead of the anxiety will restore the balance between your emotional and logic sides of thinking. Examples of this could be saying the alphabet backwards, counting by 7s, doing Sudoku or crossword puzzles. There are lots of thinking games that you can download to your phone so you always have them ready. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Be patient, this replacement thinking will not feel natural at first. This pattern did not likely happen overnight, so keep working with it. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Take a look at these tips, they might have some ideas you have not considered:</span></p><span style="color:#1f497d;font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;"><a href="http://bit.ly/ylyv99CopingSkills">bit.ly/ylyv99CopingSkills</a></span><div><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;"><font color="#1f497d"><a href="http://bit.ly/ylyvGround">bit.ly/ylyvGround</a></font></span></div><div><font color="#1f497d" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">As always, talking about your feelings can really help. It gives you a way to vent what is happening and allows you to get a new perspective of the situation from the person you are talking to. If you want to talk to one of our counselors, we are here 24/7 - 1-800-448-3000.</font></div><div><font color="#1f497d" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;"></font><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Stay brave, keep reaching out.</span><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Sincerely,</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.33px;">Larry – Counselor</span><br></p></div></div>16

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