Your judgment becomes clouded and your stress level increases when you overthink something. You dwell on the bad things far too much. Acting can become challenging.
Here are 7 straightforward suggestions to help you stop overthinking if this situation is familiar to you.
The first step toward change is awareness.
You must learn to recognize your overthinking behavior when it occurs in order to start addressing or managing it. When you start to doubt yourself or experience stress or anxiety, take a step back and assess the situation and your behavior. The seed of the change you want to make is there in that instant of awareness.
Consider what can go right instead of what can go wrong.
Overthinking frequently results from one emotion: fear. It’s simple to become paralyzed when you dwell on all the bad things that could possibly occur. Stop the next time you feel yourself beginning to spiral in that direction. Think about and keep in front of your mind all the positive things that could happen.
Distract yourself until you feel happy.
It can be useful to have a means of diverting your attention to joyful, uplifting, and healthy alternatives. Exercise, dancing, learning an instrument, knitting, drawing, and painting can help you get far enough away from the problems to stop overanalyzing.
Consider the bigger picture.
Making something bigger and more negative than it needs to be is always simple. Ask yourself how much it will matter in five years the next time you catch yourself making a mountain out of a molehill. Or even the following month. Simply asking this question and altering the time frame can stop overthinking.
Give up on perfection.
This is a major issue. We can all stop waiting for perfection right now if we wish to. Being ambitious is wonderful, but striving for perfection is unattainable, unworkable, and damaging. You need to constantly remind yourself that progressing rather than waiting for perfection is always the smarter course of action.
Modify how you perceive fear.
Remember that just because something didn’t work out before doesn’t mean that has to be the result every time. This applies whether you’re afraid because you’ve failed in the past, or you’re afraid of trying, or you’re overgeneralizing some other failure. Keep in mind that every chance is a fresh start and a chance to start over.
Start the timer.
Set a boundary for yourself. Give yourself five minutes to think, worry, and analyze by setting a timer. Spend the next ten minutes with a pen and paper, listing all the things that are worrying you, stressing you out, or making you anxious after the timer goes off. Let loose. Throw the paper away and continue, preferably to something enjoyable, after the ten minutes are up.