10 tips to stop you from overthinking

10 tips to stop you from overthinking

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While overthinking may have its benefits, thinking too much about a certain issue will eventually cloud your judgment and elevate your stress level. If you feel like you are one of those people who overthink every single thing, here are 10 tips for you to try in order to control that habit:

  1. Be aware of when you’re overthinking: The first step to cure yourself is always to admit you have a problem, right? Whenever you’re feeling stressed and anxious about something, try to take a step back and analyze your reaction to the situation at hand.
  2. Think of what can go right, not of what can go wrong: Fear is oftentimes what causes you to overthink. But the thought of what might happen will paralyze your ability to visualize all the positive things that will come of it.
  3. Do things which cause you happiness: Distract yourself with happy and positive activities like dancing, exercising, drawing, meditating, and so on – they will distance you more from your issues and prevent overthinking.
  4. Always put things into perspective: Will it matter in five years? If the answer is no, then don’t make a mountain out of a molehill and focus on now.
  5. Don’t pursue perfection: It is good to be ambitious, but being too perfectionist leads to unrealistic, impractical, and debilitating goals. Making progress is more important than reaching perfection.
  6. Don’t let fear control you: Fear is natural, whether is stemming from a past event or from the prospect of a future failure. Remind yourself that even if things don’t always work out, every new beginning is another opportunity to succeed.
  7. Time your worries: Set a timer for five minutes and use that time to think and to analyze things. After that, spend 10 minutes writing down all the things that worry you and then throw the paper out and move on to another more pleasurable activity.
  8. Accept that the future is unpredictable: As much as you would like, you cannot control what will happen in the future, so it makes no sense to spend your time worrying about it – this will only rob you of more enjoyable things you could do in the moment.
  9. Realize that you gave it your best shot: We are often tempted to think we are not good enough, but once you know that you have given a situation your best, accept it and realize that success often depends on things outside of your control.
  10. Be grateful: Make a list every morning and evening of things you are grateful for. You can also do this with a friend and exchange lists so that you witness each others’ reasons to be grateful. It will keep you from having regretful thoughts.
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Caroline Parker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Bucharest. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. She specializes in gender issues, ethnic minorities, and has a passion for literature, but she loves to find out more about any subject she comes across. When she is not busy with her studies, she is attending conferences, seeing plays which deal with contemporary issues in society, traveling, taking photos for her Instagram account, and watching beauty related vlogs. She aims to become a published writer and to pursue a Ph.D. is the field of gender studies.