Feeling trapped in your own mind can be a very scary, frustrating, and unpleasant feeling, and something that many people with anxiety experience. I’m someone who battles chronic and often acute anxiety and have done so for nearly 20 years, and during that time I’ve often been a prisoner of my own thoughts. It’s a lonely place that triggers more anxiety.
8 Symptoms of Being Trapped in Your Own Thoughts
3. Overthinking Everything
4. Being Emotionally Reactive
5. Sleep Problems
6. Poor Concentration
7. Tension and Sore Muscles
8. Not Making Time for Relaxation
How to Stop Feeling Trapped?
1. Practice being mindful. Sit. Only focus on the breath.
Mindfulness is the most effective technique that helped me to finally get out of my head, and I cannot recommend it enough. Practicing mindfulness trained my mind to focus on the present moment, which is the only moment where I was able to experience fewer thoughts, no thoughts, and calmness.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray, mindfulness leader and author of several popular books on mindfulness
2. Get fresh air to clear your mind by immersing yourself in nature
In a previous study, time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety. Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.—Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
3. Release your thoughts by journaling or talk therapy
Keeping a journal helps you create order when your world feels like it’s in chaos. You get to know yourself by revealing your most private fears, thoughts, and feelings. Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time. It’s a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Write in a place that’s relaxing and soothing.—University of Rochester Medical Center