WAYS TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO STOP OVERTHINKING EVERYTHING.

THERE COME CERTAIN SITUATIONS, PERSONS OR WORDS BECAUSE OF WHICH WE GET TRAPPED INTO “OVERTHINKING” WHICH LEADS TO LOSE OUR CONFIDENCE, THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS EVERYTHING.

OVERTHINKING IS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS, THINKING TOO MUCH.

WHEN YOU THINK TOO MUCH, INSTEAD OF ACTING AND DOING THINGS, YOU ARE OVERTHINKING. WHEN YOU ANALYZE, COMMENT AND REPEAT THE SAME THOUGHTS OVER AND AGAIN, INSTEAD OF ACTING, YOU ARE OVERTHINKING.

THIS HABIT PREVENTS YOU FROM TAKING ACTION. IT CONSUMES YOUR ENERGY, DISABLES YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS, AND PUTS YOU ON A LOOP OF THINKING AND THINKING OVER AND AGAIN. THIS IS A KIND OF THINKING THAT WASTES YOUR TIME AND ENERGY AND PREVENTS YOU FROM ACTING, DOING NEW THINGS AND MAKING PROGRESS IN YOUR LIFE. IT’S LIKE TYING YOURSELF TO A ROPE THAT IS CONNECTED TO A POLE AND GOING IN CIRCLES AGAIN AND AGAIN.

IN THIS SITUATION THERE IS MORE LIKELIHOOD FOR WORRY, ANXIETY AND LACK OF INNER PEACE. ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN YOU DON’T OVERTHINK, YOU BECOME MORE EFFICIENT, MORE PEACEFUL AND HAPPIER.

DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS.

OVERTHINKING OFTEN INVOLVES TWO DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS–RUMINATING AND INCESSANT WORRYING.

RUMINATING INVOLVES DWELLING ON THE PAST. THOUGHTS MAY INCLUDE THINGS LIKE:

  • I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THOSE THINGS AT THE MEETING YESTERDAY. EVERYONE MUST THINK I’M AN IDIOT.
  • I SHOULD HAVE STAYED AT MY LAST JOB. I WOULD BE HAPPIER THAN I AM NOW.
  • MY PARENTS DIDN’T TEACH ME HOW TO BE CONFIDENT. MY INSECURITIES HAVE ALWAYS HELD ME BACK.

PERSISTENT WORRYING INVOLVES NEGATIVE–OFTEN CATASTROPHIC–PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE. THOUGHTS MAY INCLUDE THINGS LIKE:

  • I’M GOING TO EMBARRASS MYSELF TOMORROW WHEN I GIVE THAT PRESENTATION. I KNOW I’M GOING TO FORGET EVERYTHING I’M SUPPOSED TO SAY.
  • EVERYONE ELSE WILL GET PROMOTED BEFORE ME.
  • I KNOW WE WON’T EVER HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RETIRE. WE’LL BE TOO SICK TO WORK AND WE’LL RUN OUT OF MONEY.

 

What Happens when You Overthink?

  • YOU JUST CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT AN EVENT, A PERSON, SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST, OR ON A PROBLEM. INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION, TAKING INITIATIVE AND BEING ACTIVE, YOU JUST KEEP THINKING AND CANNOT GET IT OUT OF YOUR MIND.
  • AT TIMES, WHEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORST SCENARIOS, WITH THOUGHTS LIKE “WHAT IF?” OR “WHY?”.
  • YOU WORRY ABOUT PAST MISTAKES OR CURRENT PROBLEMS AND ISSUES, AND HOW THEY MIGHT LEAD TO NEGATIVE OUTCOMES.

 

How to Overcome Overthinking?

1.     THERE ARE VARIOUS WAYS TO GET RID OF THIS HABIT, LIKE WATCHING TV, PLAYING VIDEO GAMES OR LISTENING TO MUSIC.

2.     WALKING, SWIMMING OR EXERCISING THE BODY CAN ALSO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF TEMPORARILY FROM THE HABIT OVERTHINKING. ANYTHING THAT KEEPS YOUR MIND OCCUPIED WITH SOME ACTIVITY THAT DOESN’T ALLOW YOU TO OVERTHINK IS OKAY.

3.     WATCH YOURSELF WHEN YOU OVERTHINK AND SEE HOW TIME AND ENERGY CONSUMING IT IS, HOW YOU ARE BEHAVING PASSIVELY, INSTEAD OF ACTIVELY.

REALIZE THAT THINKING ONCE OR A JUST A FEW TIMES IS ENOUGH. IT LEADS YOU NOWHERE THINKING OVER AND AGAIN THE SAME THOUGHTS. YOU NEED TO MAKE A DECISION AND ACT

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