Overthinking? Is it a disorder, or a way to make sure I am being conscientious. How do you stop overthinking?
Overthinking becomes a problem when it creates negative stress when attempting to make a decision, uncertainty when I need to be decisive, or achieving a task. Let’s take a look at how to stop overthinking.
When I overthink, I may be trying to forecast the conclusion of a future event. Overthinking can be a type of guessing.
How to stop overthinking is a skill that everyone can learn to do.
Either way, overthinking can creep up on me, causing undue stress, anxiety, worry, sleeplessness, and appetite loss.
This creates a poor performance in life as well as poor choices in making decisions.
It is best to get a handle on this form of brain use before it gets ugly. Let’s look at some ways I use to redirect that mental energy.
Tips On How To Stop Overthinking
1. I pay attention to my thinking processes. Sometimes, I find my mind chewing on a subject intensely. I ask myself, am I excited about what I am thinking, or am I feeling fear and dread?
Sometimes, I find my mind chewing on a subject intensely. I ask myself, am I excited about what I am thinking, or am I feeling fear and dread?
I have times that I dwell on a thought, but the important part is learning how to redirect my focus when thoughts I am having are bringing me down.
In order to do this, I can create mindfulness that signals me to check in with what I am thinking about. Am I gnawing on the thought like a dog with a bone?
Can I focus on something else easily?Checkingin on my thoughts routinely has had a very positive effect on my moods and how I feel about myself.
2. I have to check my thinking patterns to see if I am obsessing or exaggerating by focusing on extreme, worse possible scenario type conclusions without evidence.
I do a little investigating to try to determine what about this situation is the driving force behind such types of thinking. I have found that either I am feeling very inadequate, or I am bored and drumming up some adrenaline using fear and dread.
Personal honesty is very important if I want to not create unnecessary negative stress.
I want to make sure I am operating in ways that are productive by not creating fictional battles that undermine my confidence as well as my energy.
By evaluating my ways of thinking objectively, I can redirect my mind to focus on thoughts that take me to a happier place.
3. Being in the here and now smacks of far eastern philosophy, but its wisdom is very practical for overthinking. I often start with colors that are visible in my immediate vicinity. Sometimes, it is a scent or a sound, that drags my mind back into the present. Even taste can do it, like treating myself to a bowl of ice cream.
Becoming curious about my surroundings as well as being still and clearing my mind has such a positive effect, I can feel the serene energy seep in as the anxiety releases from my spirit, mind, and body.
My thoughts turn to identify my surrounding as if I am removed, but at the center of what is happening around me. It is a “take time to smell the roses” moment for me.
4. Letting go is perhaps one of my greatest challenges. When I find myself in a dilemma or receive news that strips me of control of my life, I go right into overthinking.
Questions like “Did I do something wrong?“ or “Why is this happening to me?” flood my mind. It seems like I want to try to go back to the way things were before I got the life-changing information.
Learning to let go and move on is a very difficult skill to master but important.
Some things are just out of my control.
Pondering on why the change (such as the death of a loved one, an unwanted divorce, or the loss of a job) took place does require some reflection, but learning not to dwell on it too long helps me to move forward with my life.
The techniques I use is to shift my focus to what my future will become addressing how the changes will affect me.
I have made lists of what I need to do to provide me some stability. I look at what needs to be done right now. Letting go of my anger, frustration, and sense of helplessness gives my overactive mind a new direction.
5. It is known that if I do not love myself first, then I will not know how to love anything else. I learned that being gentle but firm with my negative tendencies is a loving way to redirect on how I shift focus.
When my negative thoughts just won’t shut up, I remember some of my favorite things to do. Many times I will hike my favorite local park trail, go to a coffee house or just take a drive around town. At times I pull out my pencil and start sketching some stuff.
Journaling is a great help as I like to blog.
I pamper myself in a loving way that diverts my mind away from the overthinking just like I would treat a child having a tantrum.
Overthinking is a poor option for ways to spend my energy and time. I will ask myself when dwelling on things I have no control over, ” Of all the things I could be doing right now, is overthinking the way I want to spend my time?”
Things I Can Do To Stop Overthinking
Take a walk
Read a book
Get involved in a project
Go to the movies
Visit a friend
I find my life is already stressful enough without adding to it by overthinking. Trying to outthink life is a useless pursuit.
Learning to be kind to me is the best course instead of mentally and emotionally becoming my own bully.
It is wise to be attentive to my thoughts so I don’t go down that slippery slope of overthinking.