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COVID19–The problem with “over-thinking”

A big reason why you get anxious is simply because you’re trying too hard to “figure out” how to handle the endless doubts, fears, and negative anticipations brought about by this virus. This is called “over-thinking.” Over-thinking is a manifestation of insecurity and only fuels the problem, making you more and more anxious. The key isn’t trying harder; it’s learning not to try!

Try this experiment. Begin by “de-focusing” your thoughts and re-focusing on your unfolding moment–whatever you’re doing–listen, feel, see, breath, but DON’T think or judge, simply participate with full attention.

Pretend that you’re a video camera, simply recording every external nuance and detail in your environment. This simple exercise will help you begin to detach from (and break the cycle of) ruminative anxiety (a.k.a., over-thinking). Do this and you’ll be teaching yourself something very important, i.e., you don’t have to be a victim of your thoughts.

#anxiety #depression #selfcoaching

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