i over-think, therefore, I am...
Often clients come in overthinking, ruminating, worrying too much, and not being able to “turn off” anxious thoughts. I wish there was a quick and easy fix I could give them to manage anxiety and overthinking- but the reality is that it takes a lot of hard work from YOU! Trust me, I’ve had to do the work too! 🔨
Here’s part of my strategy to manage anxious thoughts:
1. Awareness- Notice when you’re experiencing anxious thoughts. Notice them nonjudgementally, just let them exist and take inventory of the content.
2. Challenge - Challenge your thoughts. I like to ask, “what evidence do I have that these thoughts are true?”. Be a detective, don’t trust your thoughts outright.
3. Problem Solve- Is there something you’re worried about that you can actually do something to change? If so- focus on what you can do to solve the problem in the future. If there’s nothing you can do to change it, let it go. ✅
4. Mindfulness- Practice mindfulness daily. These skills only work if you practice them! Be present with yourself and your thoughts, know they can’t hurt you and that the uncomfortable feelings will pass.
This strategy takes a lot of hard work- but it WORKS!
Let’s work together to put this strategy into action. What other strategies work for you? 💕