Your mind wanders off to a situation for instance if you assume you said hello too rudely to your professor today or maybe you feel like you failed to show enough enthusiasm at your boyfriend’s basketball game this weekend? You think too deep about the situation or the incident that it becomes bigger and scarier than it is. You second guess every decision you make. This drains your energy and kills your joy.
Overthinking is creating a situation in your head that is scarier and bigger than it actually is. Overthinking kills. It kills your happy mood, dulls your vibe, and drains your strength. Overanalyzing makes it very hard to focus on things other than what you are dwelling on because your mind keeps going in circles looking for reasons and solutions for a completely insignificant thing.
There is nothing wrong with you if you lose yourself in the circles of dwelling too often inside your head. Overthinking is pretty common in young adults, adults, and even seniors. However, despite its commonness, it is a physiological behavior that needs to be controlled. Excessive overthinking not only leads to loss of energy but also leads to loss of concentration, insomnia, and self-doubt.
Put a Full Stop on Overthinking About Anything and Everything!
If you usually discover yourself stuck in the cycle of replaying an event too much in your head. Or trying to find a deeper meaning to something meaningless, then allow me to help you with your overthinking problem.
#1 Know when you are overthinking
The very first thing you can do is acknowledge the fact that you overthink. The next time you overthink, be aware of it and see how you play your part in it. Focus on your thoughts pattern and see how you feel in the moment.
Sometimes overthinking has become a habit, and you can no longer differentiate between healthy thinking and unhealthy amounts of thinking. For this reason, you need to be aware of when you overthink. Remind yourself that overthinking is not productive and will only deplete your energy. NO good comes out of overthinking.
#2 Evaluate The fear of what if
Overthinking is driven by the fear of what if. What if it gets worse or what if I am not prepared enough. Whatever you are thinking about will not get worse or any better because of overthinking. Focusing on the negative will only deteriorate your mental health more.
Try to find the silver lining in the worst of the worst situations. If you have control over the situation then think about what you can do to make things less problematic. Or if it something you have no control over then just running the train of thoughts in your head will do nothing. Instead, try to look at the situation from the eye of reality. Think for solutions, positivity, and the silver lining.
#3 Look at the perspective
Looking at the situation perspectively will put your rushing thoughts to some rest. If you find yourself overthinking, ask yourself this one question: will this matter in 5 days? 5 weeks? or even 5 years?
If it does not matter in the long term, then you should not spend 5 minutes thinking about it. That will help you acknowledge that you are overthinking and assist you to stop doing so.
#4 Deep Breathes
As cliché as it sounds, deep breathes are very helpful regarding overthinking. Taking deep breathes allows you to focus on your breathing pattern rather than your cycle of unnecessary thoughts running inside your head.
Take a deep breath in and count till 5 and exhale. Continuing doing this till you find yourself wholly focused on your breathing.
#5 Look for Some Distraction
When you realize you are overthinking, involve yourself in some activity to be distracted from all the thoughts running in your head. A hobby is a great distraction. You could try learning new skills such as knitting or crochet. In addition, painting has proved to be therapeutic. You could go cycling or volunteer at local organizations for long-term distraction.
However, long-term distractions are not healthy for your mind or your body. It is best to process your thoughts than to put them aside for long.
#6 Work on self-compassion
You are a human. Human makes mistakes. No one is flawless. Do not beat yourself up for things that are done. You cannot turn back time so there is no point in beating yourself for it. What is done, is done.
Instead, it is for the best that you learn from the mistakes you have made. Remind yourself you are a human, and humans make mistakes. Accept your flaws and work on them. Try to do better or at least one good thing every day.
Overthinking is a Mysterious illusion Mind Creates for us to get stuck into it: So, Avoid it!
Overthinking is beating yourself for an issue that your mind has created out of something meaningless. It is either worrying too much about the future or the things you have done in your past. Regardless of what the incident or the situation is, you just cannot seem to turn off the worrying button in your head. Thus, leading to creating more issues that should not even exist in the first place.
Whether you think often or occasionally, the tip listed above will help you focus on what you should be worrying out and what to not think even twice about. That will help your manage you are overthinking and let your mind be worry-free. A healthy mind will keep your happy and well!
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