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Telling yourself to stop thinking about something will backfire.

Change the channel in your brain by changing your activity. Exercise, engage in conversation on a completely different subject, or work on a project that distracts you.

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Chronic overthinkers rehash conversations they had yesterday, second-guess every decision they make and imagine disastrous outcomes all day every day.

Thinking too much prevents them from getting anything done. And it wreaks havoc on their mood.

Incorporate 20 minutes of "thinking time" into your daily schedule. During that time period let yourself worry, ruminate, or mull over whatever you want. When your time is up, move onto something else. 
When you start overthinking things outside of your scheduled think...

  • If the problem is 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 about the strategies you can use to co...

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.

Remember that your emotions will interfere with your ability to look at situations objectively. 

Take a step back and look at the evidence. What evidence do you have that your thought is true? What evidence do you have that your thought isn't true?

Overthinking can become such a habit that you don't even recognize when you're doing it. Practice paying attention.

When you're overthinking past or future events, acknowledge that your thoughts aren't productive. Thinking is only helpful when it leads to positive action.

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

  • Ruminating involves dwelling on the past. "I should have stayed at my last job. I would be happier than I am now.""My parents didn't teach m...

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1. Notice When You’re Stuck in Your Head

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 this isn’t productive. Thinking is only helpful when it leads to positive action....

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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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Dangers of being an overthinker

  • It increases your chances of mental illness. And as your mental health declines, your tendency to ruminate increases.
  • It interferes with problem-solving. It will cause you to dwell on the problem rather than look for solutions.
  • It disturbs your sleep. You...

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