Are you an overthinker? Does any little problem set your anxiety off until you are thinking about every possible outcome you can? Or maybe you find it hard to sleep from all of the thoughts running through your mind? Don’t worry, this is quite a common problem for people, but it is one that you can stop.
Overthinking can develop into a serious problem if it’s ignored - it can even affect people’s day to day lives. If you recognize that you are constantly overthinking, it might be time to start taking some action to stop it from escalating.
Before we talk about how to stop overthinking, let’s take a look at some examples of overthinking and what effect they can have.
Examples Of Overthinking
There are different kinds of overthinking, and they can all cause different problems. However, they do have one thing in common: it doesn’t really help to solve a problem or situation you are facing. In fact, it can even make things worse.
One example of overthinking is called Irrelevant Decisions. This is where we overthink things that probably won’t ever happen to us, for example, worrying about unlikely situations that could occur in the future. This can lead us to be constantly worried about the future.
Another form of overthinking is when you start creating problems. This means that you try to find problems that don’t exist, or you see problems that aren’t really there. This can cause you to think irrationally and not clearly.
You may also ruminate on the past and things you cannot change. For example, you might worry about what you said in a work meeting and tell yourself that people judged you for it. You can’t change the past and when you ruminate on things from the past, it can make you feel quite anxious.
There are plenty more forms of overthinking, but these are a few of the most common examples.
How To Stop Overthinking
If you suffer from overthinking, you may already be aware of how much it can take over how you feel on a daily basis. When you overthink things it can make you feel tired, stressed, anxious, or even depressed.
If you start to work on your thought process, you should also find that these feelings that you normally feel also start to fade away too. Take a look at these 6 simple changes to help you stop overthinking.
1. Make Some Time For Worry
A great thing to do on days where you are finding yourself constantly overthinking things is to set aside some time in your day to do just that; worry. For example, if you are at work and you can’t stop worrying and overthinking things, list your worries in a notepad and set yourself about 30 minutes to an hour later on to focus on these worries.
This then helps you to forget about what you are worried about and feel calmer knowing that you have a set time where you can think about what’s bothering you. Because you now know that you will have some time later to go over your worries, you should feel better getting on with your day and not letting it distract you from more important tasks.
Depending on how you feel that day or how much you are worrying about, set a reasonable time where you can look at your list and try to rationalize your worries in your mind. Once the time’s up, you can then move on and forget about any worries you can’t do anything about.
2. Try To Stay In The Present Moment
Being in the present moment is a great way to help calm down your overthinking. If you can learn to stay in the present moment it can help you to shift your focus on what’s happening right now, not in the past or the future.
When you focus on the present, you are redirecting your attention from your anxious thoughts to something that's happening right now. For example, if you are overthinking and feeling stressed, you could go out for a walk in nature and focus on the trees and people who pass you by. This can redirect your attention on to something positive.
Perhaps you could have a chat with a friend and talk about something other than what you are worried about. This can also help to distract you from your thoughts but also hopefully help you to feel more positive as you will be around your friends too.
3. Exercise More
Try to exercise more if you are feeling down or overthinking as exercise can increase the endorphins that enter your body. These endorphins help us to feel better mentally, and this can be a great way to redirect your attention if you are lost in your thoughts.
Exercise can also help to clear your mind of negative thoughts and keep your body healthy too. These are all positives - especially if you are prone to stress from your overthinking. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend every day at the gym or try workouts that are too hard for you; even just practicing yoga at home or going for a run can have the same benefits.
Whatever you prefer doing to get your body moving and your mind distracted can be the best way for you to start feeling less stressed.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Sometimes when we overthink and worry about things, it can keep us up at night. You might find that you lay awake with your thoughts and start overthinking so much that you can’t fall asleep. This can be quite common with most people.
This can cause you to feel anxious before bed, which obviously won’t help things. A good way to take your mind off things before bed is to read a book or even meditate. Do something you enjoy that is relaxing before bed, like listening to a calming self-hypnosis track, for example.
Once you have relaxed you should get better sleep. Remember to get ready to bed at a reasonable time as the recommended sleep time is 7-8 hours. This should then leave you feeling energized, relaxed and more positive in the morning.
If you continue to have trouble falling asleep, try more of our tips in our article, '7 Ways To Improve Sleep Naturally'.
Another great way to stop overthinking is to listen to a self-hypnosis track that focuses solely on this topic. Self-hypnosis can be a great way to relax and clear your mind. Our ‘Stop Overthinking’ hypnosis track works with your subconscious mind to replace negative beliefs and thoughts with positive ones.
Self-hypnosis can alleviate anxiety and obsessive thoughts which can help to reduce stress and anxiety too. Once you have worked on your negative thinking, it can really help you to start recognizing when you are thinking irrationally.
Our ‘Stop Overthinking’ hypnosis track can help you to stop thinking and obsessing about past mistakes you’ve made, feel more relaxed and at peace and can help to stop you creating problems in your mind that are very unlikely to happen.
6. Talk To Someone
Lastly, you should try and talk to someone that you trust and can be open with. If there is someone that you can talk to try and rationalize the thoughts with this person. This can sometimes help you to look at your worries in a different light and from the perspective of someone else too.
Having someone else to talk to when you feel stressed and anxious can be a great way to calm yourself down and try to think through things clearly. The person that you talk to can help you to think about your worries in a more positive way.
Sometimes, when we are on our own, we can ruminate over our thoughts so much that we stress ourselves out even more, so being with people who support you can be very helpful.
Stop Overthinking With The Help Of Self-Hypnosis
No matter which of the 6 changes you want to make in your life, or even if you chose to make all of the changes, you should see some improvements in your way of thinking. It can be hard to fight your own thoughts, especially when they are making you worried and stressed, so I hope you find these tips helpful!
Self-hypnosis is a very powerful and natural tool you can use to relax and stop overthinking. If you would like to find out more about the ‘Stop Overthinking’ hypnosis track then click here.