In my book overthinking is a disease. It’s horrible. With anxiety it’s like adding fuel on fire. Constantly living in fear of something terrible would happen and you overthink everything from the little things to the big things. Sometimes you feel caged in your own mind. Sometimes you scared of it. At times it feels like there’s no way out. This is why my fellow readers I have been, over the last couple of years, researching, reading and trying to come up with set of ways that helps to reduce/stop overthinking. These simple steps has been a lifesaver and I sincerely hope this can be some use to you too.
Sleeping always seems to do the trick. It gives our body the time to recharge. Whenever I am stressed out, I plan a bath for myself in the evening to get into the cosy mood to get a good night sleep. If overthinking is causing disruption to your sleeping habits, keep reading.
In the last couple of years I have engaged in more mediation and spiritual healing. This gives me the space and time to reflect. Self reflection is a integral part of learning and questioning yourself, in a positive way, what are you doing? Is there another way to do the same thing better. I treat my prayers as a form of meditation. Sitting in the prayer mat I always feel like a clam wave washing over me. The trick is to do everything by taking your time. Slow down.
Can You Change it?
Ask yourself the question, why is this bothering you and if you can change it. Most of my overthinking comes from fear. I take ownership of the feeling and try and changing it. I do this by writing it down, one thought at a time and when it’s on a paper, it seems tribal. If it is something you can change, go and change it. If it’s not, change your perception of it. Its important to remember who’s in control. Overthinking is never a solution to problems just an annoying itch.
Spend Time With Your Loved ones
Surround yourself with positive people. I find spending time with my loved ones allows me to remember I am loved. The world doesn’t feel so burdensome because I have them with me every step of the way. This pandemic has brought a tremendous amount of grief in many of our lives, so if you are with your dearest make the most of it. Invest time init. Be present. Take advantage of your luxury. Believe me, it’s a privilege. May you be consumed by love from those closest to you.
A fun activity. Go out for a walk, enjoy nature. Something that brings out the positive side. Find your escapism and live init for now. I like to bake something to occupy me while reading (my idea of heaven). You could try to do something creative like art —whatever floats your boat.
This encourages a positive mindset. Think of 10 things you are thankful for. Immediately it takes you to a place where you are in control. Your mind is not being overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I do understand it can be tricky to look beyond our problems but it’s important to remember, this will not last.
Stay In The Moment
What do you have around you? There is this method I have read about which helps quite a bit to focus your mind. I have tried it couple of times and it has been worthwhile. It’s about being in connect with all your senses. Describe what you can see, feel, hear, smell and taste. This allows our minds to capture the present moment and be init. Breathe.
Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.