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6 Easy Ways to Stop Overthinking Every Little Thing (and Just Enjoy…

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Destructive Thought Patterns

Overthinking often involves two destructive thought patterns—ruminating and incessant worrying.

Ruminating involves dwelling on the past.

Persistent worrying involves negative—often catastrophic—predictions about the future.

Like all habits, changing your destructive thought pat...

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1. Notice When You’re Stuck in Your Head

Overthinking can become such a habit that you don’t even recognize when you’re doing it. Start paying attention to the way you think so you can become aware of the problem.

When you’re replaying events in your mind over and over, or worrying about things you can’t control, acknowledge that...

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2. Keep the Focus on Problem-Solving

Dwelling on your problems isn’t helpful—but looking for solutions is. If it’s something you have some control over, consider how you can prevent the problem, or challenge yourself to identify five potential solutions.

If it’s something you have no control over—like a natural disaster—think...

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3. Challenge Your Thoughts

It’s easy to get carried away with negative thoughts. So, before you conclude that calling in sick is going to get you fired, or that forgetting one deadline will cause you to become homeless, acknowledge that your thoughts may be exaggeratedly negative.

Remember that your emotions will in...

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4. Schedule Time for Reflection

Stewing on your problems for long periods of time isn’t productive, but brief reflection can be helpful. Thinking about how you could do things differently could help you perform better in the future.

Incorporate 20 minutes of “thinking time” into your daily schedule. During that time perio...

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5. Learn Mindfulness Skills

It’s impossible to rehash yesterday or worry about tomorrow when you’re living in the present. Mindfulness will help you become more aware of the here and now.

Just like any other skill, mindfulness takes practice, but over time, it can decrease overthinking. There are classes, books, apps...

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6. Change the Channel

Telling yourself to stop thinking about something will backfire. The more you try to prevent a thought from entering your brain, the more likely it is to keep popping up.

Change the channel in your brain by changing your activity. Exercise, engage in conversation on a completely different ...

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