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We all encounter problems in our life, whether they are big or small. Do you ever find yourself running a problem or difficulty over and over in your head? I certainly do, and it makes me feel worried and panicky. The more I think about the problem, the worse it seems. I find myself dwelling on all the things that are wrong in my life and visualising all the possible bad outcomes from the problem.
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Think about solutions
It’s good to acknowledge our problems, but running them over and over in our head is not great for our mental health. Instead, I recommend thinking about solutions!
Think about realistic ways in which you could solve the problem, whether it’s an immediate fix or something that could help you take steps towards solving it. For example, you might decide to take part in a home detox programme to move towards a healthier life. You could also think about possible advantages that could come from the problem as well as things you could learn from it.
When I use this approach, my mood generally lifts and I feel more hopeful about the outcome. I feel more positive, empowered and in control of the situation. Yes, I acknowledge that I have a problem, but I also have a plan of action so I feel better about it. I see myself more as being on a journey of improvement rather than stuck in a bad place.
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Reframe your thinking
So, next time you catch yourself ruminating on a problem, try reframing your thinking to focus on solutions instead. Hopefully, this will improve your mood and make you feel calmer!
Do you tend to run problems over and over in your head? Do you think you could benefit from thinking about solutions instead? Let me know in the comments!