How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts

4 steps to rid your mind of nagging worries

If it’s three in the morning and you’re unable to go to sleep because you’re calculating the amount in your bank account, critiquing your dress style or analyzing your day at work, obsessive thoughts are becoming a problem. Obsessive thoughts control your mind. Sometimes it seems as if they won’t let you have a break. In fact, they can be the result of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a serious mental health disorder. If you have problems with overthinking or are having obsessive thoughts, you can still control them by following these guidelines.

Step 1: See your doctor or mental health professional

According to Purdon and Clark, authors of Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts, medication is an option for many suffering from obsessive thoughts related to OCD. While the doctors state that medication does not always help, it can occasionally be effective. A doctor or mental health professional can prescribe the best treatment.

Step 2: Address your thoughts

According to the Emotional Times, some obsessive thoughts are a result of the fact that you don’t want to face the feelings buried deep within the thoughts. If you’re tired of being overwhelmed with obsessive thoughts, you can address the underlying issue(s) with help from a counselor or therapist.

Step 3: Confront the thoughts with logic

According to a Mayo Clinic study of fathers and mothers of newborns, both genders suffered from obsessive thoughts that something terrible would happen to their babies. Although these thoughts are somewhat normal, they can be counteracted by logic. Learn as much as you can about the thought that is provoking you. For instance, instead of overthinking a fear of flying, you can learn safety statistics. Obsessive thoughts about your work performance can be countered by reading performance reviews.

Step 4: Achieve balance

Prudon and Clark suggest that overcoming obsessive thoughts starts with balance. Although they acknowledge that feelings can be out of your control, you can make sure you view circumstances from a balanced point of view, seeing all sides of everything that happens to you. By doing this, you’re less likely to dwell on your obsessive, and probably truth-stretching, thoughts.

Tips and warnings

Know you’re not alone. If you get support from others who have suffered from similar circumstances and overcome them, you can join forces to expel the negative and dwell on the positive.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a problem that needs treatment. If you think you could have it, make sure you see a doctor or therapist immediately.

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