Racing thoughts are fast-paced, repeated thinking processes that can be exhausting. They may be focused on a particular subject or show a variety of different points of view. You may be having racing thoughts about a financial issue, an embarrassing experience, or a phobia. These thoughts can have become more intense.
Racing thoughts can exacerbate fear or make you feel uneasy, as well as disturb your concentration. When your mind is spinning, you may feel like:
- Your thoughts are racing at a breakneck pace.
- You can’t seem to get your mind to calm down.
- You can’t totally relax because your mind won’t “shut down.”
- It’s impossible to concentrate on something else right now.
- You can’t stop hearing about a situation that has been exaggerated.
- You begin to catastrophize or imagine the worst-case situation.
Insomnia may be caused by racing impulses. This occurs when you are unable to fall asleep at night due to your inability to slow down your emotions. Continue reading to hear about calming techniques, long-term recovery choices, and what could be affecting your pounding emotions.
Focus on Breathing
Take many long, deliberate breaths, counting as you inhale and exhale. This will help you concentrate on something else than your pounding emotions. It also has a soothing effect on the central nervous system, which will help you feel less anxious.
Try a Mantra
You should use a chant, which you can repeat if needed, to distract your mind from rushing thoughts. Even a simple phrase like “All will be perfect” can be really strong.
Eliminate Stress before Bed
If you have pounding thoughts at night as you’re trying to sleep, make any adjustments to your routine before bed so you can relax and sleep soundly. Prior to going to bed, try to stay stress-free for at least two hours. You should meditate, do gentle yoga, read a soothing book, or take a calming bath. In the two hours leading up to bedtime, avoid both mobile devices and mentally exhausting activities.