ob·ses·sion // noun : an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind. The key word in this definition is intrudes. There is no such thing as a healthy obsession if it increases anxiety and intrudes the space in your mind meant for happy thoughts. Obsessive thinking is commonly thought of in those who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but can be present in even minor anxiety disorders or just plain stressful situations. Recognizing the negativity these thoughts bring, can help us to eliminate them from our minds, and move on with life in a more positive manner.
Recognize the crazy thoughts and be aware of when you get off track. If you fall off the wagon on a diet or gym routine, don’t let it consume you. Simply get back on track and pick back up where you left off. Don’t ever feel like you have to overdo it on the treadmill or cut double the amount of calories that week. Crazy thinking is unhealthy thinking. Our mind and bodies are meant to just go with the flow.
Keep moving forward if a negative thought consumes you. Use tools to help snap yourself back into reality if you start obsessive thinking. If you’re being hard on yourself because you didn’t accomplish all you wanted to in a day, keep focus on all the amazing things you did accomplish. Be thankful for your health, job, and supportive friends that helped you tackle these tasks.
Be aware of your sensitivities, but don’t let them hold you back. Everyone has baggage or things from the past they just can’t let go. The truth is we can’t rewrite the past, but we can make sure it doesn’t repeat itself. Understanding why we obsess over certain things might require some digging into the things that have shaped us into who we are. Letting others know about our fears or insecurities will help us get out of our comfort zones and relax!
Most importantly, when trying to stop obsessive thinking—apply some humor! No one wants or likes to obsess over things. If you’re freaking out, laugh at the fact that you’re not alone. There are millions of people across the globe analyzing and replaying situations in their mind for no reason. Humor yourself and move on!