Racing thoughts—fast, repetitive thought patterns about a particular topic—are a common feature of anxiety and other mental-health disorders.
Here are some ways you can work to calm your mind and stop racing thoughts:
- Use cognitive distancing.
- Use a mantra.
- Focus on the present.
- Write things down.
How do I stop racing thoughts naturally?
Seven ways to stop racing thoughts
- Focus on now, not the future or the past. For some people, racing thoughts stem from something that has not happened and may never happen.
- Take deep breaths.
- Think about other options.
- Use mantras.
- Try distractions.
- Inhale lavender essential oil.
- Eat low-glycemic foods.
How do I calm my anxious mind?
9 Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind
- Attempt Cognitive Distancing. Try to see your anxious thoughts as guesses, not as facts.
- Try Cognitive De-Fusion. Stop being fused with your thoughts.
- Practice Mindfulness.
- Focus on Direct Experience.
- Label Things.
- Stay in the Present.
- Broaden Your View.
- Get Up and Get Going.
Does anxiety cause racing thoughts?
Anxiety is a common cause of racing thoughts. While racing thoughts are extremely common during an anxiety attack, they can also occur at any time. They may also precede or follow an anxiety attack.
What are racing thoughts a symptom of?
Racing thoughts can be brought on by bipolar disorder, defined by mood instability that range from extreme emotional highs, mania, to severe depression. During the manic phase of bipolar disorder is when racing thoughts usually occur.