How To Stop Overthinking as a Highly Sensitive Person with Anxiety in the Age of Coronavirus
Overthinking is very common, especially for those very in tune with their feelings, emotions, and the feelings and emotions of those around us. Right now, we are all dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and life is confusing, weird, and scary. I've seen so many articles detailing what could go right and what could go horribly wrong in this day and age of COVID-19. Many of us are stuck at home, with spiraling overthinking thoughts. You're definitely not alone if you've been overthinking everything these days.
However, there are ways to ease overthinking. Here are some of my favorite ways:
1. Write a gratitude list.
No matter what is going on in the world, there is always, always something to be grateful for. Even if you are going crazy being stuck inside right now, at least you have a nice house. You have food, things to watch on TV, etc. Whenever you are overthinking or feeling crappy, make a list of all of the people and things you are grateful for. Bonus points if you reach out to someone and tell them why you are grateful for them! You might just cheer them up too.
2. Think more about what could go right.
When we overthink, our thoughts tend to always go to worst-case scenario. This in turn gets us feeling cranky and depressed. Instead, start to think about all the ways the situation could turn out in a positive way. Think about all of the good that can come from a bad situation.
3. Re-frame your thoughts.
When you start to think about what can go right instead of wrong, you begin to re-frame your thoughts and become more positive. You can even write things down. For example, you might be worried about getting sick. Yes, you might, but there are more chances you'll stay healthy or get sick and recover. If you are taking precaution and social distancing, you are likely to stay healthy and keep others around you healthy too.
4. Distract yourself in a positive way.
If you can't stop overthinking bad thoughts, distract your brain! Watch funny videos on YouTube (or check out my channel), watch something positive on television, play a game, do Sudoku, play with your pets, call a friend, paint your nails, or do ANYTHING that will get you out of your current headspace. Sometimes a little distraction is all you need to feel better and stop overthinking everything.
5. Talk it out with a trusted support system.
If you have a therapist, talk to them. Or you can talk to your best friend, significant other, mom or dad, etc. They can likely help you to stop overthinking, start thinking of solutions, or simply be a good distraction. In addition, you could also think about what you would say if someone came to you with your overthinking thoughts. If your best friend was overthinking the same thing, you would likely say something positive to them or tell them they are being ridiculous. Say the same things to yourself.
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Stay healthy and safe out there and try to stay positive. This too shall pass! xo Lauren