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How Can I Stop My Mind from Racing?

A racing mind is very frustrating and can make you feel out of control. Many people report their minds fill with endless thoughts about things that could go wrong or stupid things they have done in the past. Racing thoughts can be like watching a horrible movie playing over and over again.

Frequently, a racing mind can be a sign of underlying anxiety. Additional symptoms can include:

  • Persistent worry that is disproportionate to the actual threat
  • Difficultly sitting still
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • A general feeling of being out of control

If any of these sound familiar, you are not alone. Here are some tips:

  • Talk about your worries with a supportive friend
  • Engage in physical activity, such as exercise or even a slow walk around your neighborhood
  • Practice controlled breathing; inhaling for a count of 4, hold for 7, and breath out for 8
  • Immerse yourself in a healthy distraction
  • Meditate: which can help create a sense of distance from you and your worried thoughts

If you try these things and continue to struggle with racing thoughts, it may be good to speak to a professional, either a primary care physician, psychiatrist, or therapist. Feel free to contact Psychotherapy Associates of Chicago and one of our therapists will gladly help you get on the road to feeling better.

When you are ready, call 773-414-4577 or click here to book an appointment online.

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