While figuring out the pros and cons and its effect on our lives, before starting anything new is good. Thinking too much is bad. There’s a fine line between thinking rationally and overthinking. Most of us don’t realize when we cross that. If you find yourself worrying about insignificant details or just fearing what may go wrong in the future, this post is for you.
Here are a few tips to help you out of overthinking.
- Accept that you overthink and be aware when you are doing so.
The first step to break out of any bad habit is always to admit that you have it. Now that you know you overthink, notice when you are doing so. How much and how often do you recall an event once it has occurred. Keep telling yourself that recalling an event will not turn back the time. What has happened is a part of your past, it must not affect your future in a negative way.
- Stop running after perfection. Accept yourself the way you are.
We are all human beings and making mistakes is the most fundamental part of our existence. Accept yourself for who you are. That’s what makes you unique. The idea of perfection is boring and your flaws and mistakes are what make you interesting. Once you stop running after perfection, it becomes easy to reduce overthinking.
- Don’t worry about others opinions.
One thing that in my opinion stops everyone from enjoying their lives fully is worrying about others opinions. People will never be fully satisfied with you. Hence, the only person you should please is yourself.
- Think positively.
I know it’s easier said than done. But you can actually program your brain to think positively. Instead of thinking what can go wrong, think what can go right. How can you work your way to making it right. Strategic thinking yields positive results whereas worrying about a matter, which will yield no result but harm your mental peace.
- Distract yourself with things you love.
Research has proven that indulging in brain consuming activities such as painting, drawing, knitting or playing an instrument, calms you. Take out at least 30 minutes a day to do something you love or to start something new!
- Look at the big picture.
Whenever you find yourself overthinking, ask yourself this question: Will it matter to me in the next five years? Broadening the perspective often helps to reduce overthinking. Most of the matters that we think too much about have little to no impact on our lives in the long run.
These tips are helpful in most cases, but if they are not helping you, talk out to a friend or write your worries on a piece of paper. Our brains are in a habit of over evaluating situations and this sometimes makes insignificant matters appear humongous.