Ah Ruby, please don't make your stress level worse by thinking you're going crazy:
1. Your brain is just overstimulated.
2. Some of us are just wired with this predisposition.
3. Our bodies have to get rid of the excess energy racing around in our body, so our brains have come up with this ingenious way to use it up.
4. It just becomes problematic when it starts to add to our stress, which is bound to happen eventually.
5. You HAVE to get exercise. It's a healthy way to get rid of some of that excess energy.
6. Cut out the caffeine.
7. Talk to your doctor about trying an anti-anxiety med
8. How old are you? Hormonal imbalances might be playing a part...if you're over 35, 3% progesterone cream can work wonders if you're out of balance.
Now, as far as the specific way YOU play your brain games, I've found that we all do it a little differently. I have several little letter-counting/typing/balancing games going on in my brain, (and my fingers are moving, typing away) and I've been doing it for so long I'm not even aware of it most of the time. But sometimes it starts making me feel like I'm going to crawl right out of my SKIN, and that's when I know it's time to exercise and get out some of that excess energy.
Let us know what tack you take, and how it works, okay? You're just a little more intelligent than the average bear, and a little more tightly wound, so figure out how YOUR body can best rid itself of some of that excess.
Thanks so much for responding! I know that I shouldn't be stressing out over it, but it has started to really get to me. As for the exercise, it is hard for me to find the time with a newborn. But I am definitely going to work on it. I have an appointment with a pyschiatrist on Monday to try to get help with this and my ongoing depression issues. I really don't like that idea, but I feel like I don't have any other option.
Again, thanks for the tips!