Overwhelmed by Mental Chaos? Simplify

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Life can be overwhelming at times, especially if you have a mental illness. Learn how to calm the chaos in your mind and around you on HealthyPlace.

Overwhelmed by Mental Chaos? Simplify

Life can be overwhelming. Throw in mental illness, other mental health struggles, relationship issues, or high stress levels, and life inside your head plus life around you can seem like chaos. Trying to deal with racing thoughts, roiling emotions, or rowdy daily life tasks can make people feel like they’re spinning out of control.

You can stop this vicious cycle, calm the chaos, and find peace. A key approach to quieting the chaos in your mind as well as the chaos around you is to simplify. Clean out anything that isn’t serving you or is causing stress and agitation. Both in your mind and in the space around you, determine what you can let go of. Ask yourself some reflection questions such as:

  • How am I talking to myself, and how can I replace negative self-talk?
  • What clutter can I clear out of my favorite space?
  • What mental clutter can I clean out?
  • Can I create a daily ritual for sitting in quiet meditation? How would I like that to be?

Quieting chaos is a process. Inner peace and calm won’t develop instantly, but you will cultivate them as you make little changes to your inner and outer worlds every day. As you simplify, you will reduce the sense of being overwhelmed.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, October 8). Overwhelmed by Mental Chaos? Simplify , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 24 from

Last Updated: March 28, 2024

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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