How To Detach Yourself From Your Thoughts?

How To Detach Yourself From Your Thoughts

We all have thoughts that we don’t want to think. These thoughts can be anything from worries about the future to remembering past regrets despite the fact that they are the past now. Sometimes these thoughts take over our minds and become so powerful, they make it hard for us to function or enjoy life in a healthy way. We may feel like there is no escape from them and are desperate for relief. This blog post will share how you can detach yourself from your thoughts when they become overwhelmed by using mindfulness meditation techniques.

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How To Detach Yourself From Your Thoughts?

A question that people ask me often is how to detach yourself from your thoughts or how letting go of their thoughts will help them. As I said in recent posts, the core of all problems lies in our minds and since most stress is caused by unfulfilled expectations, it’s likely that you’re thinking too much about things, which can lead to excessive thoughts- thoughts which make us detached from our reality and separate us from our true self.

Whenever you get lost with your thoughts naturally observe them as if they were clouds passing by or birds flying in the sky; just don’t get attached and practice detaching by focusing on the energy around you to free yourself from depression and practice mindfulness.

How can I distance myself from my thoughts and feelings?

There are a few steps that you can take to start detaching yourself from your thoughts. To achieve inner peace and overcome thoughts in your head, it is important to get started first.

One of the more important things is to understand that what we’re feeling and thinking about has nothing to do with actual reality but rather our perception of it. I know this is obvious, but many people don’t realize how powerful their own mind really is. Once they realize this they start taking control over their own thoughts and feelings instead of just letting them overwhelm them all the time.

To better understand what I mean by perception, let’s say for example that someone got into an accident and hurt himself (maybe he was in a car crash or something else). Now if someone who didn’t witness the accident finds him on the ground, he might feel that he’s hurt badly enough to seek medical help. On the other hand, someone who witnessed the accident might feel that he can go home and just treat himself with some cold medicine.

Because of their perception, both people are in actuality feeling differently about it. The person on the ground is probably much worse off (even though his pains don’t stop him from getting up), but nonetheless, his friend who saw how little damage they did to the car will naturally be more relaxed than if he was uninformed. In this case, our mind plays a huge role since we’ll most likely experience pain differently depending on what we think happened and how bad we think it really is.

Recognize when you’re in a thought cycle and let go

To start with it is important to know that you are in a thought cycle when you feel like your mind cannot stop thinking about something. When this happens, it is important to take a step back and recognize what exactly the thoughts are that you’re having. How often are they occurring? What triggers them? How might these thoughts be making me feel or behave in my day-to-day life? These questions can help us understand how our brain works and make sense of some of the things we think about so much that it becomes difficult for us to function well.

You also need to know that there are positive and negative thoughts. Positive thoughts give you a sense of hope and leave us feeling energized whereas the opposite is true for negative ones. How we react to our own thoughts can be different depending on what they bring up.

Knowledge of this will help when it’s time to detach yourself from your overwhelming thought cycles because you’ll recognize how one thing leads into another which then leads back into yet another line of thinking, making it difficult for us to break out of them at all without any help or guidance, especially if these lines have been around since childhood – something people refer to as “thought loops.”

Identify the thoughts that are causing your distress

Once you recognize that you are in thought loops, it is important to identify the thoughts that are causing your distress. How do these thoughts make you feel? How does this affect your behaviour and actions in life? What would happen if I let go of my attachment to them for even just a minute, hour or day? Some people find it helpful to write down their worries so they can have an accurate idea of what’s bothering them.

Know Your Thoughts Can Harm You When They Don’t Serve A Purpose

If you know where your overthinking stems from and how often you think about something, then now is the time when we start doing some work on letting those thought loops go. We need to be mindful of our own mental health – with all its ups and downs – because sometimes by being so focused on our thoughts and feelings we can cause ourselves more harm than good. How are these thoughts affecting my everyday life? How might it be different if I let them go for just a moment or two, hour or day?

Do Something Mindful To Detach From Your Thoughts

The most important thing you need to do is find some peace with your own mind in order to detach from the thought cycles that seem impossible to escape from. There are many ways people have found success at this including mindfulness meditation techniques which focus specifically on breathwork, visualization exercises and guided imagery all of which help us cope with stressful situations by embracing what’s happening in the present moment instead of running away from any negative emotions. These practices promote emotional intelligence as well!

Take a step back from them and try to see them objectively

You also need to take a step back from them and try to see them objectively. How are these thoughts affecting me? What does my behaviour or actions in life look like when I’m attached to an unrelenting thought cycle of worry, guilt, shame etc.? How might it be different if I let go of this attachment for a moment or two – an hour or day?

Detaching yourself from your own thoughts will not only help you feel better but can also improve the quality of your everyday life because we need time off every now and then. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being so don’t neglect either one!

Write down what’s bothering you, but don’t write about it

Writing down what is bothering you is an important activity to get rid of your excessive thoughts. Sometimes people find that writing down their worries serves as an accurate representation of what’s bothering them which helps better understand any patterns they follow.

Talk to someone close to you who can help take some of the weight off your shoulders

Talking to someone you know can also help to overcome your excessive thoughts. You’ll feel more at ease and less isolated if you take the time to speak with someone close to you. This is a great opportunity for them as well because they will know what really matters most in your life which can ultimately be an amazing conversation that strengthens your relationship.”

Talking can also serve as a therapy for overcoming excessive thoughts by helping you process what’s really going on in your life.

Stop comparing yourself with others – everyone has their own struggles and difficulties

It is also important to stop comparing yourself with others. Everyone has their own struggles and difficulties. How you handle them may be different from how someone else does, but the most important thing is to recognize that they are just as difficult for others.

How To Detach Yourself From Your Thoughts

How do you separate your thoughts from your feelings?

To separate yourself from thoughts from your feelings means that you don’t have to take everything so seriously. It’s not only about your emotions but also about your thoughts. We’re so used to think that if we have a certain thought in our head, this automatically translates into the feeling of anxiety or fear within us.

We’re all emotional beings and when something happens in our life or we see something on tv or read it online, our brain starts generating thoughts related to these events/things and as a result, we feel what we call “feelings”. I advise you to try and make yourself aware of this particular phenomenon on a daily basis because once you do, you will discover by yourself that there are no feelings that could be placed on something unless you attach them.

It is also important to recognize that your thoughts and feelings are different from each other yet they’re both products of your mind.

Once you realize this, you can start working on the separation between thoughts and feelings so that no matter how nasty a thought may seem to be, it cannot scare you or make you anxious.

The secret lies in being aware of your thoughts but not taking them seriously and instead of feeling like it is reality, treat all of these things as something “just happening” within yourself

How to detach yourself from negative self-talk? Let’s say I’m walking down a street and I see someone behaving really weirdly or doing something that’s out of the ordinary. In such a situation we all have the tendency to judge people for their actions (either we do it openly by saying to ourselves that the person is a loser or a jerk, or we do it secretly by judging them to ourselves). We have a strong belief in good and bad and we try to see things as black and white. In other words, we’re always trying to find “good/positive” and “bad/negative”.

If you realize this particular behaviour of yours then it means you are being judgmental. A lot of people tell me that they can’t help but judge others because they’re always thinking like this, which means they’re giving too much power to their negative thoughts.

How do you acknowledge negative thoughts?

I believe that once you’re aware of your negative thoughts, it’s best to face them and articulate them to achieve self control and to free yourself from harmful emotions. Think about what the real reason is why you have the thought in the first place. If someone tells me that they keep thinking about something and then feel bad because of it, I will ask “Why?”. Then we can go into a conversation about their thought patterns and why they are having those thoughts.

The most important question to ask would be “What do you think you can do differently?” And when asking this question, make sure that there is indeed something different they can do. Notice the feelings and get awareness of the key moments.

Watch your key thoughts, observe them and process them to overcome your fear.

Letting Go

Letting go is an important practice of detachment and practice mindfulness. It can help us regulate our emotions and provide us with control. If done properly, it can help achieve emotional peace and free us from fear or whatever our feelings are.

Letting go also help us to observe ourselves. By facing our challenges, we gain back our power to believe in ourselves. It can also help us overcome the stress created by excessive thoughts and separate us from the attachment and aversion with our negative thoughts.

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Continue to read my recent posts to learn more about mindfulness, detachment and how to get control of your emotional and mental health. Please also continue to check this website for more posts on mental health, meditation, self control and other related topics.


The more you practice detaching from your thoughts, the easier it becomes. It’s also important to remember that your brain just needs a break sometimes and will eventually stop trying its hardest to focus on unimportant things or events when they’re not there. With time and effort, any of these methods can help detach yourself from negative thoughts so you feel better in the long term.

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I am Adnan- Founder of Tiny Rumi. This blog is an effort to share my journey to live a more satisfying life and to help others find the wisdom to improve their experience.

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