How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 12 Simple Habits
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When you are thinking and thinking about something ask yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even in 5 weeks?
It allows you to stop thinking about something and to focus your time and energy on something else that actually does matter to you.
When you know how to get started with taking action consistently each day then you’ll procrastinate less by overthinking.
Trying to do so simply doesn’t work because no one can see all possible scenarios in advance.
Trying to think things through 50 times can be a way to try to control everything. To cover every eventuality so you don't risk making a mistake, fail or looking like a fool.
Ask yourself: "What is the worst than can happen?".
You will find that the worst that could realistically happen is usually something that is not as scary as what your mind running wild with vague fear could produce.
When you haven’t slept enough then you become more vulnerable. Vulnerable to worrying and pessimism. To not thinking as clearly as you usually do.
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If thoughts about the issue creep into your brain before your scheduled thinking time, tell yourself “No, I’m going to think about that after dinner, not during this meeting”.
Dwelling on a problem, thinking “this is horrible, I can’t handle this” or rehashing things that happened in the past are an unproductive use of your time.
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