Have you ever heard the saying:” My anxieties have anxieties.”(I swear this is the story of my life) For many people like myself, this is something that can affect your mood, confidence, relationships, self-view, and life in general really on a daily basis.
So.. what exactly is over-thinking? Well.. it is simply what the name suggests…
Thinking too much.
Overthinking is going over the same thought over and over again and again, analyzing the simplest of situations or events until all sense of proportion is gone.
Here are some tips that I have learned through therapy/my own research that have been helping me to try to work through this crippling issue:
Be aware of when you start to get stuck in your own head. It has become such a habit for me that I sometimes don’t even realize when I am doing it
Try to focus on the problem at hand rather than thinking two or even three steps ahead.
Try to change your negative thoughts into positive ones.
Schedule time for a self-check-in/some time to meditate and journal to be alone with your thoughts.
Change the channel(this can include focusing your mind on something else that is more productive)
Of course, depending on the situation, this is easier said than done.
It can be really hard for me to turn my mind and thoughts off.
It becomes especially hard for me when I am upset about something. It usually affects me at night when I am winding down from a busy day of work. It can keep me up at night and prevent me from sleeping properly.
Some tips that also help me are winding down an hour before bed( for example, I put my phone/laptop on do not disturb.) I also try to limit my screen time which can keep me up /over-stimulated when I need to relax.
It is still a work in progress for me(it can be an everyday struggle and battle) but I am getting much better at controlling my negative thoughts little by little.
Remember warriors-we are not perfect and are all a work in progress.
Try to focus on progress over perfection.
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