When we are preoccupied with thoughts, it can be difficult to stay focused and feel trapped. This type of thinking pattern is often caused by anxiety and can lead to a range of mental health issues such as ADHD, OCD, trauma, or anxiety disorders.
However, there are strategies that can help overcome these thoughts. Practicing awareness is an important step in changing thought patterns. By becoming aware of our own thoughts and learning to recognize them as just ‘noise’ in the head, we can begin to let go of them and focus on the present moment.
Distracting ourselves is also an effective way to prevent busy thoughts from controlling us. Physical activity, scheduling time for self-care, and engaging in hobbies or interests are all great ways to keep our minds busy and focused on something other than our worries.
If preoccupied thoughts are severely impacting a person’s life or sleep, it may be necessary to seek professional help from a family doctor or mental health professional. They may be able to provide additional guidance and support in managing these types of thoughts and addressing any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to them.