Do you find yourself in many situations where you can’t make a decision ? Are you constantly worrying about the unknown ? The best thing you can do is to stop overthinking and start worrying less. Luckily there are many ways you can stop yourself from overthinking. Here are 23 of them.
1. A positive mindset
You are overthinking because you worry about the future.
Don’t think that you only bad things can happen in the future.
Of course you should be ready for the worst.
But if you start thinking of all the good things that could happen, you will worry less.
Develop a positive mindset and you will not only worry less.
You can also develop mental strength.
2. Worrying won’t help
You need to deepen this thought in your mind.
No matter how much you worry, you won’t change the future.
Only actions can change the future.
You can worry how much you want but it won’t help you.
It will do the opposite and make you uneasy and nervous.
You need to be calm and prepared to achieve great results.
3. Use your time wisely
You need to understand the difference between solving a problem and just worrying about it.
If you are simply thinking about your problem the entire time, you won’t come far.
Instead you should be thinking about the steps that you need to take to solve the problem.
This way you will use your time productively and won’t waste too much brain energy.
You won’t be stressed so much as well.
4. Prepare yourself
A great way to worry less is by being prepared.
If you have a presentation in school, prepare yourself.
If you have a job interview, prepare yourself.
If you have a pitch talk for your business then, guess what ?
When you are prepared, you will be more confident in your abilities and worry less.
5. Stop thinking about others
You need to stop thinking about the opinion of others about you.
If you won’t do that, then you will overthink way too much.
People only care about themselves, then why shouldn’t you ?
The opinion of random people that you don’t like anyway, should not affect you.
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6. Try writing in a journal
A journal can be a great way to put your thoughts in order.
Try to write your thoughts down everyday in a book, blank paper or your notes app.
There are many benefits of journaling that will help you.
You can try to schedule your day and plan what you have to do that day.
This way you will actively work on your problems with a plan.
7. Physical exercise
You are overthinking because your mind is not clear.
A good way to clear you mind is physical exercise.
You could do:
- Working out
- Outdoor activities (hiking, biking)
- Martial Arts
Each one of these has his own benefits but they all have in common that you will achieve mental clearness.
8. Creative exercise
Creative exercise can be as useful as physical exercise.
You will also clear your mind that way.
Try out painting, dancing or acting.
Find out what works the best for you.
9. Read books
Reading books can help you overcome your overthinking.
Educate yourself about topics that are important to you and interest you.
You will calm yourself, improve your focus and learn when you are reading.
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10. Take action
Remember that overthinking won’t change the future.
Focus on the problem that you have.
Look what you can do and what don’t.
After that you know what you have to do:
11. Don’t waste time
You should remember that you shouldn’t waste your time.
Be aware that your overthinking makes your problem only bigger.
Don’t waste your time, make a decision and, again, take action.
12. Surround yourself with great people
If your environment is perfect then you don’t need to overthink.
The people you surround yourself have such a big impact on you.
You wouldn’t be overthinking so much if your friends would be great people.
People that lift you up and that share similar values as you do.
Find those people.
13. The Snapping Technique
All the above listed techniques are too mental for you ?
Then how about the Snapping Technique.
Put a rubber band around your wrist.
Whenever you feel like you are overthinking too much, snap it on your wrists.
This will train you psychologically to stop overthinking.
14. Find out why you overthinking
To further work on the problem you should find out what makes you overthink.
Is it because you are nervous ?
Is it because you are overwhelmed with information ?
Or is it anything else ?
After you have found out what really makes you overthink, you can work more efficiently on your problems.
15. Reduce information overload
If your problem is that you are overwhelmed with information overload then there is a good solution.
You can try to reduce your social media time.
When your brain isn’t constantly flooded with new information then you will find that it’s easier to think clear.
You will also receive many more benefits from less social media.
- Improved focus
- Improved Dopamine Receptors (your reward system)
- more time to do stuff
16. Take small steps
If you are overthinking because you don’t know how to start whatever you are doing, you could do one thing.
Take small steps.
Start step by step, if you want to reach your goals.
Achieving your goals can be difficult but that doesn’t mean that everything has to be perfect.
It’s important that you just start.
Action breads clarity.
Along the way you will figure everything out.
17. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
You don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes.
Mistakes are there to learn from them.
Everyone makes them.
They are part of your journey.
Like I already said, your journey won’t be perfect.
I know it sounds easier said that done, but just try to do it that way.
18. Change up your daily routine
Your daily routine can help you be less neurotic.
Start with your morning.
Set a specific time you want to get up.
Stick to that time.
Eat a good breakfast.
Even if you are not typically hungry in the morning.
Try it out.
19. Be grateful
Gratitude can be great.
If you are overthinking, you should think about the things you are grateful for.
The feeling of gratitude will lift your mood.
You won’t worry so much when you know how good you already have it.
20. Don’t judge yourself too much
Another reason why you are overthinking could be that you are too hard to yourself.
Of course you need to be disciplined and be able to make you do the things you don’t want to do.
You should be striving to better yourself.
But it’s ok that you don’t always feel good about it.
Just like making mistakes is ok, it’s ok to be easy on yourself sometimes.
21. It’s ok to not always have answers
Sometimes you won’t have answers.
There are things you can’t control.
Don’t beat yourself up because of everything.
You will overthink less, when you have stopped trying to be perfect.
22. Remember that overthinking is normal
I think that I sort of made it like overthinking is such a big problem.
Yes, it’s annoying and stressful but it’s still normal.
Maybe if you will remind yourself that it’s normal to overthink then you will feel better.
23. Get a perspective of your problems
You need to get your perspective right.
When you really think about how big the universe is and how many things they are, what will you find out ?
What you will find out is that all your problems are so little.
In comparison to all the things that are happening in the world, your problems will seem so little.
You will find out that all your overthinking was pointless.
And that’s a good thing.