Overthinking – The Art of Creating Problems That Weren’t Even There in the First Place
I’m going to start this off by saying I’m 100% guilty. However I’ve pushed myself lately to start to be aware of these types of things, so that I can learn to fix them. The best way to describe the feeling is like an energizer bunny running around in your mind. Going, going, going. But there is a way to stop it, though it may not be easy. Taking a few steps is the easiest way I’ve found.
Realize you’re doing it!
It’s not easy to pinpoint…especially if its become such a natural habit. The easiest way to tell if you overthink things is if you let the thought of one thing distract what you from what you really should be focusing on. Having priorities and sticking to them is HUGE!
I know, how easy does this sound!? However, I’m actually not reffering to stopping the overthinking itself, just stopping what you’re doing at the time you realize overthinking has kicked in. If you’re on facebook, log out. If you’re texting, tell them you’ll call them later. Take a couple minutes for yourself. Whether you like to take a calming yoga pose, focus on your breath, paint your nails…something that requires focus on a specific task. The most important thing is that it brings a sense of calm to your body and mind.
Keep it simple!
There is beauty in simplicity, and there is calmness. Move on from it. Everything happens for a reason, and they will always happen the way they’re supposed to. Keep a positive mindset, and let the pieces fall as they may. Because thinking about it until you’re blue in the face will do nothing to solve it.