Kumari Valentine | Overcoming Overthinking

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Overcoming Overthinking

by Kumari Valentine

Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy based meditations and strategies for easing overthinking (rumination).
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (Re)commit to Changing Overthinking
3:20 $1.99
2. Grounding
3:50 FREE
3. Tolerating Uncertainty
4:10 $1.99
4. Stepping Away from the Overthinking Wheel
5:08 $1.99
5. When Feeling Overwhelmed
2:23 $1.99
6. Shrink the Inner Critic
3:59 $1.99
7. Soothe the Inner Child
7:48 $1.99
8. Tuning into Your Wise Self
6:17 $1.99
9. Reflection Rather Than Overthinking
4:09 $1.99
10. Problem-Solving Rather Than Overthinking
3:44 $1.99
11. Thoughts as Clouds
3:19 $1.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Overthinking can be exhausting! When we overthink, brood, or overanalyse, we are going over the same material over and over. We re-hash things, speculate about the causes, and sometimes feel like we are going crazy. Research suggests that overthinking (rumination) worsens depression and anxiety. It can affect our relationships.

These exercises are meant to be used regularly, to increase your overall sense of wellbeing - pick a few you like. There are also some exercises that can be used for specific instances (e.g., when feeling panicked) in order to help that particular instance. The more familiar you are with the exercises, the more you can regularly use them.

Check out my website and blog for more information. Connect with me on facebook (Dr Kumari Fernando Valentine, Clinical Psychologist, NZ) for regular information about psychological resources.

Here is a little bit of information about each track:

01 (Re) Commit to changing Overthinking: we get into the habit of thinking in a particular way. We need to constantly commit or re-commit to change! This is a motivational meditation.

02 Grounding: too often, we are in our head, and not really present. At times, we may not connect with our body at all, and feel unreal. This exercise, which I see as foundational, is about connecting with what you can actually see, hear, touch, and smell. It orients you to the present moment.

03: Tolerating Uncertainty: We want to know definites! This exercise is about gently holding the sense of the unknown.

04: Stepping away from the Overthinking Wheel: we can feel like we are hamsters on a perpetual wheel, when we are overthinking. This is a visualisation to help “unstick” from the grip of overthinking.

05: When feeling Overwhelmed: This is a soundtrack that has been on a number of my albums. This is a gentle guided meditation to ease the hold of your mind and help bring you into the present.

06: Shrink the Inner Critic: Overthinking is associated with a sense of perfectionism and a gap between where we feel we should be and where we are. This is an exercise, initially introduced in my Mind’s Ease album, to shrink that inner bully that lowers our self-esteem.

07: Soothe the Inner Child: This exercise is from other albums and is relevant to overthinking too. I’ve come to see overthinking as an attempt to validate ourselves, usually from others. This need for validation may come from a younger part of yourself that is hurting. In this exercise, we recognise and validate that inner self.

08: Tuning into your Wise Self: Another track from other albums. It can be easy to lose track of that Wiser, kinder, more compassionate part of ourselves. This track is about reconnecting to that part of ourselves.

09: Reflection rather than Overthinking: An alternative to overthinking.

10: Problem-solving rather than Overthinking: We can choose alternatives that are more useful than overthinking. We need to practice these!

11: Thoughts as Clouds: This is an exercise introduced in the Mind’s Ease album. It is a mindfulness exercise where we step back and see our thoughts as passing phenomena, rather than getting caught up in them.

Album recorded at Arthouse Media (Dunedin). Tracks mastered and sound engineered by the talented Paul Sammes. Huge thanks!



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