How To Beat Anxious, Obsessive Thoughts

If you have anxious thoughts and feelings, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety and even depression. The good news is that there are ways to get over obsessive, anxious thoughts and turn our lives around. Check out these awesome tips:

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1. Change Your Negative Thoughts Into Positive Actions

Some experts recommend acknowledging the negative feelings you are experiencing and then meditating before trying to find a solution to the obsessive thought. You want to make sure that you are using your rational mind when you are trying to remedy the anxious thought. Once you are calm, write down ways to make positive, achievable actions. After you have written that down, put the actions in order of what you need to do first, then second and third. It’s time to take the first step. Changing an emotional event that is taking place inside of yourself and turning it into rational steps is one of the most essential ways to rise above the problem and find a solution.

2. Get A Positive Outsider’s Perspective

Negative mental habits, such as feeling insecure or helpless, have been with you for a while, so it’s best to get a healthy outsider’s opinion. You need to find out if your action plan is doable. Ask healthy individuals if they think your plan is workable. Seek out people who can empathize with you and validate your plan to change, and not people who just say, “Get over it.” 

3. Set A New Groove

We may have wired our brains to think up the same thoughts over and over again. In order to change this, we need to set a new groove for our thoughts. So if you find yourself falling back to the same anxious thoughts, stop yourself and say, “This way of thinking doesn’t work.” You will have to say this to yourself more than once but know that each time you say it, it will help you. Your aim here is to be aware of what doesn’t work, which makes us more mindful. Note: You’re not trying to fight your mental habits, just be aware of what isn’t working for you.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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