Anxious Hyperfixation: Finding Balance In Your Thoughts

Anxious Hyperfixation: Finding Balance In Your Thoughts

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In a world filled with distractions, the ability to focus intensely on a single task or topic can be a superpower. But what happens if that focus becomes so intense it is the only thing you can think about? What happens if that focus disrupts your daily routine?

What is anxious hyperfixation?

Anxious hyperfixation occurs when you are entirely consumed in a topic, idea or interest and exclude everything else around you. You may have persistent intrusive thoughts about a particular topic. These topics are difficult to control. You may worry excessively about the matter and be so fixated on the worst possible outcomes. You may even worry about everything from the past to the future. The effect can be so significant that it can impact your daily life.

The impact of anxious hyperfixation

Overthinking and anxiety can lead to rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, restlessness or indigestion. You may develop ritualistic or compulsive behaviours to try to alleviate the anxiety. You may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

You may try to redirect your thoughts or focus to other matters, but every time you try, it doesn’t work, leaving you feeling frustrated. This makes you feel helpless that you cannot control your mind. You may also become critical of yourself because of your inability to concentrate or focus on other things. It may impact your relationships as you disengage in conversations or isolate yourself entirely from friends and family.

In addition to avoiding people, you may avoid places or situations to cope with the anxiety. Due to excessive worry, you may spend a significant amount of time and energy on your fixation. If this feels like you, it is best to seek support so you can bring some calm to your life.

Strategies to Manage Anxious Hyperfixation

The first step to anxious hyperfixation management is self-awareness. Pay close attention to your thoughts and emotions and identify what triggers you to fixate on something.

The next step is to practice mindfulness and meditation to regain mental clarity and reduce anxiety.

Allocating specific times for your fixation will help you to control it. Timers are a helpful tool to help you track your time.

Boundaries setting will help you ensure you have time to focus on other important things in your life.

Channelling your hyperfixation into creative pursuits is a powerful way to embrace it. Activities like art and writing allow you to focus intensely on pursuits that bring out your creativity and are calming.

Seeking professional help is another way to manage anxious hyperfixation. This is particularly helpful when it has disrupted your daily life. Therapists use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you reframe your negative thought patterns and provide tools to cope with anxiety.

Anxiety Therapy in Ottawa

Starting anxiety therapy is a significant step and takes a lot of courage. Know that you are taking a crucial step towards healing and growth.

At New Chapter Psychotherapy, our therapy practice is a sanctuary where you can feel entirely comfortable expressing your emotions with compassionate therapists who are aligned and attuned to your personal journey. Our team of compassionate and highly skilled therapists brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to support you on your unique path to self-awareness, growth and a satisfying life. We recognize that each individual’s journey is unique. That’s why we create personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs to maximize the effectiveness of your therapy experience.

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