January 14, 2019

5 Tips to Stop Overthinking Everything

Written by Rachel Eddins

Posted in Emotional & Mental Health and with tags: Overthinking, anxiety

Firstly, let’s not overthink a post about how to stop overthinking. That’s a good start.

Well, it’s a nice goal at least.

Overthinking has become the norm for more people than ever. We are bombarded 24/7 with news, good news, bad news, and even “fake news.” Our devices now lure us into entirely new realms of fixations and assumptions. How did we get here? Where does it end? How do we stop?

What is Overthinking?

Use these to tips to help stop overthinkingEach and every one of us has moments of intense rumination. We replay prior events — over and over — and we dread some events that may be looming. As the word implies, overthinking takes things to another level.

It’s healthy and productive to ponder one’s behavior and choices. Overthinking takes this to the point of obsession. Our inner dialogue becomes stuck on one track. We second guess nearly everything we’ve done or said. We also make catastrophic predictions about our future. With social media reminding us — all day, every day — about our alleged shortcomings, it’s never been harder to stop overthinking.

How Overthinking Can Hurt Us

If we are unable to stop overthinking, it can have a detrimental impact on our overall health. Dwelling on our (perceived) mistakes and flaws can cause, for example, sleep disruption and unhealthy coping mechanisms. When we “can’t turn our mind off,” sleep is poor quality or non-existent. As the distraction and stress levels rise, we seek whatever relief we think we see. This can take the form of overeating, alcohol consumption, gaming, and other potentially additive options.

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5 Tips to Stop Overthinking Everything

1. Recognize the Problem

If we feel challenged or even threatened, we may not even recognize how obsessive our thinking has become.

2. Practice Mindfulness

The vast majority of overthinking falls into two categories. We regret the past and we fear the future. That leaves one time period for us to occupy.

3. Swipe Left

You can scroll away, so to speak, from the thoughts that consume. When a familiar regret demands attention, we can swipe left. To put it another way, we can change the channel and find another target for our focus. It helps to cultivate hobbies to hold our attention in a positive way. Physical activities — from sports to joining a gym — can effectively redirect our minds to a productive task and keep it too busy to fall back on fixation.

4. Practice Daily Self-Care

Overthinking creates stress which can, in turn, create compromised health. Practicing daily self-care helps keep us strong to fight off such ill effects. This means, for example:

Such a daily routine is also another way of “changing the channel.”

5. Look For Underlying Issues and Causes

We may feel ashamed of what’s got us fixated. It may even feel trivial. But keep in mind that the topic of overthinking isn’t automatically the underlying concern. More likely, it’s a sign that something needs to be dealt with.

Where Can We Get More Help to Stop Overthinking?

As mentioned above, there can be many connecting factors. Working with a therapist is a proven path toward unearthing why lies beneath the rumination and worry. We all could use a hand when it comes to identifying patterns that sabotage our own success. When caught in the throes of overthinking, we may really need a guiding hand.

Weekly counseling sessions serve as a safe space to explore the elements that brought you to where you are right now. It can be quite difficult to see our behavior for what it is. Working with a professional guide is an excellent method for quieting your inner voice and taking sustainable steps to stop overthinking. At Eddins Counseling Group in Houston, TX, we have many qualified therapists that can help with stop overthinking and other anxiety-inducing thoughts. Call us at 832-559-2622 or book an appointment online.

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