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If you’re someone who is having negative thoughts or sleep disturbances due to overthinking, then you can follow the tips mentioned below to overcome this situation

Are you someone who keeps thinking about negative things?
Do you feel your brain just holds on to the negative experiences?
Do you feel like a prisoner in your own mind?
If you have answered all above statements with “YES” then this article is for you.

Obsessive thinking is an inability to gain control over recurrent, distressing thoughts and images. Brain imaging studies indicate that obsessive thinking is associated with a neurological dysfunction of unknown cause that forces thoughts into repetitive loops. While some people find themselves obsessing for the first time, others may have had multiple episodes, the specific content changing over time.

Here are 5 tips for you to follow so that you feel less anxious –

1. Increase Awareness –
The first step is to becoming conscious of your behaviour or thinking when it arises. The next time when you catch yourself in this loop, just ask yourself to “STOP” (say it loud)

2. Name it –
When we caught in the circle of negative thinking, we have certain underlying fears. Try to jot down the negative thoughts and the reasons behind it. The moment you do that, you will gain control over your emotions.

3. Practice Mindfulness –
Mindulfulness exercise or meditation helps our mind to calm down and focus on our present situation. You can also get to know more about meditation.

4. Acceptance –
Take a moment and think about the source of your anxiety. What are the emotions that you are feeling. Allow yourself to feel that without any guilt feeling. Accept the way you feel. Ask yourself if you can change what happened in your past? If your answer is no, then do your best to accept what is. Take a breath and do something that brings you joy. If the answer is yes, identify what you can do and do it.

5. Schedule a worry break –
Be compassionate with yourself and remember you don’t have to do it all at once—don’t feel like you’ve failed if you have a fearful or anxious thought. When you feel lot of negative thoughts just allow yourself a 15-20 minutes break in a day where you sit and jot down all the things that you are worried about. It will help you have healthy
boundries.

If you still can’t control your negative thoughts then going for a therapy and taking professional advice is always helpful.