Having a busy mind is not easy. Thinking, re-thinking, and overthinking can be paralyzing. Sometimes these analytical assets are helpful; other times they’re hindrances.
If your thoughts are stuck in a downward spiral, try these five actions.
- Exercise. If you’re physically able, go out and really strain your body. Working out is a great stress reliever, promoting the use of nervous energy for something productive. I run every other day for 35-45 minutes. I need my exercise in order for my mind to think clearly.
- Hang out with a humorous friend. God has gifted some people with timely humor. They always know the right joke for the right person at the right time. Keep those people close, because they are usually good at removing you from your thoughts and returning you to reality.
- Clean. Seriously, clean! Tidy up. Whatever you call it, do it. It provides a sense of order and control. Also, it never hurts to have a clean living space.
- Chat with someone older/wiser. Nothing brings calm to my soul like talking to mentors when the pressure is on. There’s a steady resolve and assurance that comes from them. They have gotten me through many tough weeks.
- Read the Bible and pray. I saved this for last not because it is the least important, but honestly, it’s the most challenging. Even so, the reward is remarkable. Submitting your thoughts to the Lord will always leave you feeling calmer than before.
There are many more ways to cope with compulsive thinking, but these are my favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments.