10 Ways to Stop Overthinking and Start Living
... and tire the body out.
One of the reasons for over-thinking may be the fact that you have time to do so.
A mind rests well at night knowing its day has been directed toward worthy goals. So consider daily exercise—any physical activity that raises heart rate and improves health.
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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.
Overthinking often involves two destructive thought patterns--ruminating and incessant worrying.
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.
Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.
Some are useful, and some are useless fears that you can't or shouldn't do anything about.
They sap your strength for no reason, and you should put those fears in their place. Worrying about a comet striking Earth falls in this category.
In scuba diving, for instance, fear can cause you to breathe too fast, swim too hard, move too suddenly, fail to take note of your surroundings, or rise too quickly toward the surface.
Knowing that fear has the potential to harm you can help you set it aside. Fold up that fear, put it in a box, and promise you'll get back to it later at a less dangerous time.
You may think it's your judgment deciding that something is dangerous and you should be afraid, but what actually happens is that fear chemicals are flooding into your brain.
Experiments have shown that fear can be induced artificially by injecting certain chemicals. Do the chemicals know what you should and shouldn't be afraid of? They don't. You do.