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How To Treat Racing Thoughts


In my previous article, I discussed what can cause racing thoughts, including panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder.  In this article, I will describe how to treat racing thoughts.  They include journaling, exercising, as well as acceptance.


The first way to treat racing thoughts is through journaling.  Think about it.  If you write down what you are feeling and see it on paper, you are more likely to understand and comprehend what you are feeling.  This way, you are better able to devise a plan or strategy to treat your racing thoughts.  According to, the following can be said about journaling to treat racing thoughts:

Your brain is a complex organ, and one that can do things without your knowledge. When you write out the thoughts you’re having on a permanent piece of paper and keep it with you, your brain knows that it doesn’t have to focus on them anymore, because it knows that even if you forget it, you’ll still be able to remember it again when you read the journal or paper.


In addition to journaling to help treat racing thoughts, another way to help treat racing thoughts is through exercising.  According to, the following can be stated about exercising to treat racing thoughts:

Exercise may also be a valuable tool for racing thoughts, primarily because when you exercise it doesn’t matter that your thoughts are racing. Exercise is a forgotten anxiety treatment strategy, but one that is incredibly effective at controlling not only anxiety, but also the thoughts that cause it.


In addition to journaling and exercising to help treat racing thoughts, another way to help treat racing thoughts is through acceptance.  In particular, if you accept that you have racing thoughts, they are less likely to bother you.  According to, the following can be stated about the correlation between racing thoughts and acceptance:

Another strategy is to simply train yourself not to care. Often racing thoughts become worse when you try as hard as you can to stop them. When your thoughts are racing, remind yourself that it’s a part of your anxiety – an irritating part, but a part of your anxiety nonetheless.


To conclude this article, several strategies have been mentioned to treat racing thoughts, including the use of journaling, partaking in exercising, in addition to learning to accept that your racing thoughts are apart of reality.

How To Treat Racing Thoughts

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). How To Treat Racing Thoughts. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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