It’s tough to get through anything when your brain wouldn’t shut up. Overthinkers know this. Every decision that needs to be made—no matter how big or small—becomes a series of irrational fears and negative possibilities that, in turn, makes it hard to make any decision at all.
Whether it’s about personal matters or new job opportunities, in most cases, overthinking does more harm than good. And while you might think that it’s just simply how you’re wired and there’s no way to stop it, the good news is, you can slip out of overthinking if you consciously try to do so.
Start by knowing when you’re overthinking it.
As they say, knowing the problem is half the solution. You need to know when your habit of overthinking kicks into overdrive and when you finally spot it, it’s time to take a step back. The moment you find yourself stressing or getting anxious over a situation, put things into perspective and take a close look at how you’re responding. Being aware of your habits will be the beginning of change.
Get busy, get active.
The brain starts its habit of aimless thinking when you give it the time to do so. When you’re not occupied with any tasks or if you just lay in bed all day, the brain has no other choice but to visit places you’d sometimes rather not go to and that’s when the trouble starts. So start exercising, playing sports, having a good run, or taking a walk. Avoid being sedentary for long periods of time. It will also help you rest well at night knowing that your energy has been used for better things rather than overthinking.
Overthinking is an offspring of fear. When you’re paralyzed by fear, your mind leads you to negative possibilities and that’s where the stress and anxiety start. Try as hard as you can, to actively create positive conclusions. Start questioning your negative thoughts and spin them positively. Remember that just because some things didn’t work out in the past, doesn’t mean that it will be the outcome every time.
Let go of control.
A lot of times, the mind tricks us into thinking that if we could only control everything, we’ll get the outcome that we want. But here’s the thing—you cannot possibly control every aspect of every decision you make. There are things that are simply out of your control, and that’s okay. Embracing this truth will help you focus on the more important things and do something about the ones you have control over.
Seek support and surround yourself with people who get it.
As cliché as it is, indeed no man is an island. Being an overthinker is a struggle on its own and that’s why you need people who know how to respond to you when your brain is doing its thing. Surround yourself with people who get it and those who will help you spin your thoughts to something more positive.
As you move forward and actively push yourself away from overthinking, stop worrying about the perfection of your decisions. Remind yourself about the dangers of overthinking and let these things motivate you into changing the way you think. You’ll be surprised by the difference it makes.
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