1. Analyse your thoughts : This is my favorite thing to do when I am alone. Sit back and analyse the thoughts that you have in your mind. Figure out the reason why you are overthinking on a particular topic. Instead of overthinking the problem, think about the possible solutions. If the problem is out of your circle of influence, that means if you can’t do anything about it, start to ignore it.
2. Remember the 5 by 5 rule: This is one of the best advice I got few years ago. Do not overthink about something for more than 5 minutes if it won’t matter after 5 years. Few things do not need your attention. There are so many times in my life that I have to replay this phrase in my mind and it really sets a wider perspective in my mind. If it does matter to you, implement Point No. 1. This is as simple as that.
3. Let go of the past: Most of the times over-thinkers focus on the past, wasting energy on “how could the situation have been prevented” or “What ifs”. Do not focus on what wrong happened to you or what you did in the past, for it cannot be undone. Try to forgive others not for them but for yourself. This not only cleanse your aura but only free your mind. If there are no past thoughts in your mind, there is no chance of overthinking.
4. Start being more optimistic: Often, Overthinking is about something negative. Its natural to get negative thoughts, don’t be scared to acknowledge them. The best way to stop overthinking is acknowledge negative thoughts and let go of them. There are 2 ways you can do that, one is Accept your thoughts, write your emotions and thoughts on a piece of paper. When you do so, you release your emotions out of your mind by expressing them. Another way is by replacing each negative thought with a positive one. For example, “I am not happy with my current situation” is a negative feeling, replace it with “I am going to make efforts to change it”.
Probably, you all would have come across many situations in life where you had overthought the things. Do share your experience in the comments below on how you tackle overthinking. If you feel any of my tips can be helpful for anyone, don’t forget to share this post with your friends.
Keep smiling till my next post. 🙂