Anyone can experience overthinking. In fact, worrying and overthinking are part of the human experience, however if not properly checked can have a great deal of effect but if you device a great way of dealing with it, you can at least take away some of the negative, anxious, stressful thinking and turn it into something that would be productive, meaningful and effective.Research shows that dwelling on the same thoughts may even increase your risk of certain mental health conditions.
Here’s how to stop overthinking, so that you can live a better life.
Convert your worry into positive meditation
A preacher said, worrying is negative meditation. Developing a regular meditation practice instead of worrying will help you feel better. Think of the things you can do to help the situation. Meditate on your past success stories while doing that, remember how you were able to tackle the bumps in between. Meditate on some motivating words you have come across. Some Christian folks use the Bible as a meditating guide which is also a good one.
Focus your attention on something else
Whenever overthinking steps in, you are advised to get some distractions. Get busy with other things. Stroll out with friends, you can choose to do some cooking or get involved with different projects.
Consider the bigger picture
Your future is more important than the current issue that makes you overthink. The question you should ask yourself is what would be my response to this current challenge, looking back to it after some years? Will I laugh at myself for actually getting all choked up over this?
Be grateful for the things you have
People often overthink especially with regards to situations they cannot help or the things they don’t have. Try to be grateful for the ones you have and the situations you have been able to take charge of. Possibly make a list of the things you are grateful for.
Take a deep breath
Cindy Lamothe a writer in Healthline, recommends that you take a deep breath whenever you have racing thoughts.
She recommended a good starter exercise that will help you to unwind with your breath
- Find a comfortable place to sit and relax your neck and shoulders.
- Place one hand over your heart and the other across your belly.
- Inhale and exhale through your nose, paying attention to how your chest and stomach move as you breathe.
Try doing this exercise three times a day for 5 minutes, or whenever you have racing thoughts.
Do well to give us feedback after trying this. Remember that you can convert your overthinking and worrying into positive meditation.