Tips on how to stop overthinking

Constant worrying and overthinking is really not good for our mental health and  well-being. Do you  find yourself at times, overthinking about a situation? This was me yesterday. I started thinking about a  challenge that I was going through and went through various scenarios in my mind, that it lowered my mood and I  just felt bothered and stressed. After about two hours, I decided to distract my mind through meditation, and I then started to search for articles online on how to cope with overthinking, I must say this helped me quite a lot and I decided to share some of the tips here.

Distract yourself. -When you realize you’re starting to ruminate, finding a distraction as it can break your thought cycle.  Exercise, engage in conversation on a completely different subject or get working on a project that will distract your mind from a barrage of negative thoughts.

Meditate to quiet your mind –Research has shown that developing  regular meditation routine is a good way   to help clear your mind of nervous chatter by turning your attention inward. All you need is 5 minutes and a quiet place. I use a lot of guided meditation I have found on youtube which I can use anytime.

Focus on finding a solution –  Dwelling on your problems is not helpful and not good for your wellbeing, instead look for the solution If it’s something you have some control over, consider how you can prevent the problem, or challenge yourself to identify five potential solutions and then take actions. If it’s something you have no control over—like a natural disaster—think about the strategies you can use to cope with it. Focus on the things you can control, like your attitude and effort.

 Useful links – these are two great articles which have more details on how to cope with overthinking

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/25/a-psychotherapist-shares-the-exercises-she-uses-every-day-to-stop-overthinking.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201602/6-tips-stop-overthinking

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