Everyone thinks and everyone has opinions. That is a fact of life. One that we cannot control. Our thoughts are part of what defines us as humans. What happens when we think too much? How does someone deal with racing thoughts? People have racing thoughts, which is what I call them, and they struggle with them.
The thought and, well, all the other ones.
A thought? Has anyone ever described what the definition of a thought is? I know I have not, and I am sure a good deal of you have not either. It is something that we do not focus on at all. We think automatically. Think for a second though. What about your thoughts? What makes them unique? I know most of you did take the time to think about your thinking just now, so what did you come up with? Due to the amount of thoughts I have, I came up with something. That thought that I came up with is nothing. As much as I tried to create a picture of my thoughts, I could not.
Why is that? I have come to the conclusion it is my racing thoughts. The thought that I can think so fast and not comprehend a meaning behind any of it baffles me. Why is this? It is because I am anxious, at least that is what I believe. Anxiety, for me, creates thought. It creates a lot of them and I cannot process everything that I think. While it is annoying to deal with, I have grown to accept it.
Mach 10 or Higher
Just like a air force jet, my mind flies and it is getting faster instead of slower. I would prefer it to slow down, this is because the more I think the more I worry. Why would I worry though? This is because of the speed of my thoughts, and how much I think about. I do not even realize, most of the time, that I have racing thoughts. It is not a bad thing, but I want to be able to think about one thing at a time when I am doing something important.
Coming up with a way to slow down was really hard, but I got it after a lot of work. I use something that I do not know if it even exists yet in therapeutic practice. I imagine a rock, an anchor, or something absurdly heavy. Then I attach myself to said object, in my mind, and I am able to slow down. As odd as it sounds, it works well. It was my way of coming up with something that works for me.
If you are a person that suffers from racing thoughts, and you do not know how to deal with them, try what I do. It works great for me, and I am sure it will work for some of you. If this technique does not work there are plenty of places you can go for help. One such place is here at MHA. Where you can find contacts for people who can help you out.
Another website that I found that helps a lot of people is from Psychology Today.
My Final thoughts
It may seem like a small thing, but small things can build up and they sometimes become too large for us to deal with. Do not let your racing thoughts get ahead of you. It is something that you cannot afford to do. Take the time to take care of yourself.