7 Simple Ways To Stop Overthinking

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.

Sleep

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.

Meditate

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.

Something That Makes You Happy

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.

Practice Gratitude

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.


Please note, this is only a guide. If overthinking has been affecting your mental health please seek help. Find more information by clicking here..

13 Comments

  1. I over think so much that when I go to sleep, my dreams are also about the thing which I was over thinking !!!😕😕😕
    But yeah at the end of the day, I ask myself the same question that if I can control it !!!!
    I also start colouring !! It helps me to calm❤❤

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  2. Often if I am overthinking, I ask myself am I exhausted? Most of the time it’s a yes so as well as trying to get a good nights sleep and doing some self care, I put my phone away and this helps me not feel as overwhelmed xxx

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  3. This is a wonderful list of ideas! I try to incorporate all of them into my life as much as I can.

    This past year, I struggled with something that I cannot change. I have been doing my best to change my perspective of what happened but it has been truly difficult. Unfortunately, it involved one of my loved ones who was a major support system for me. I am not one to normally keep so much sadness/negativity in my life but this particular situation is so interwoven with all the people closest to me it feels impossible not to. Luckily, through the ideas you listed I have been able to find more peace and I have found strategies to redirect my thoughts when I find them drifting to unhappy memories.

    Life is difficult but we can still choose to be happy.

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    1. I can somewhat relate to this. A good chunk of my life I lived with uncertainties and situations beyond my control. Those experiences really fuelled my anxiety/depression but also taught me some valuable lessons about life, grief, loss, hardships and happiness.

      I am glad you was able to find ways to redirect your mind from unhappy memories. What I have learned the most is nothing ever lasts. Good things are waiting to happen, we just got to hold onto hope!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it. Here’s sending you lots of love and positivity💕💕 xx

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  4. Great post! You are so right that most overthinking and worrying comes from a place of fear. I love the rocking chair quote “worrying gives you something to do but gets you no where.” It’s absolutely correct! Thank you for sharing these great tips and much love to you 😊💕

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    1. This year I am trying to choose faith over fear. Be brave and believe in good things are waiting to happen!!

      I love the quote too! It’s my favourite. It puts things into perspective.

      Thank you for reading Amy🧡 xx

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