10 Ways To Rein In Your Overthinking

1. Try 15 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of day. Work up to it, if 15 minutes is a lot for you right now.

2. Find ways to recognize when you are overthinking.

3. When you are overthinking, stop and get yourself fully into the present moment.

4. Try writing things down instead of keeping them in your head.

5. Try an app such as Calm 

6. Before you go to sleep just “be”. Do not read or otherwise tax your mind.

7. Observe if there is a pattern in your overthinking, such as in specific situations, at certain times or for certain subjects.

8. Put some focus on balance. Are you countering stress with exercise and relaxation?

9. Determine if reluctance to make decisions is contributing to your overthinking.

10. Do not allow your mind to be king or queen. Acknowledge that the physical, emotional and ethereal aspects of your life are equally important.

 

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Ten Ways To Balance Your Mind’s Unproductive Chatter

thinkinggeraltpixabay1. Set a strong intention to do this.

2. Observe yourself and identify some signs that indicate your mind is going too fast.

3. When you recognize that your mind is going too fast, STOP and assess what is happening.

4. Explore ways to calm your mind and try them out, one at a time, until you find the ones that work for you. (Examples: practicing mindfulness, meditation, breathing, changing your environment, creating or finding humor or something to smile about).

5. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind and not stay there.

6. Cultivate your ability to live fully in the present moment. It will help you stay out of regret (the past) and anxiety (the future).

7. Find something to do to distract yourself when your mind is in overdrive. (Examples: journaling, listening to music, reading something enjoyable, seeking out fun)

8. Find something else to focus your mind on when you are over thinking something.

9. Get comfortable with silence. (Try creating 5 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of the day and gradually increase to 20 minutes.)

10. Pursue balance between your mind and emotions.

 

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