Do you ever get caught up in your head? Does it leave you paralyzed in fear? I sure have, and boy does it not feel great. It’s like being in a nightmare where you are trying to run away from a monster, but your feet are slowly melting into quicksand…. your efforts in trying to escape are useless. This could be a result of overthinking things. You must constantly remind yourself to not overthink situations or make them a bigger deal than they really are.

 

HERE ARE 5 HABITS THAT CAN HELP PREVENT OVERTHINKING.

 

HAVE PERSPECTIVE

Realize that the world will not stop just because of one decision you make. Having perspective and taking a step back when looking at a situation can help you from overthinking. Evaluate all your choices, make the best decision with the given information, and then don’t look back. You will save so much energy and time.

 

PUT A TIMER ON IT

If you are having a hard time making up your mind, try limiting your time. This will help you meet deadlines and make decisions quicker and more effectively.

 

SPEND TIME IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

While planning is not a bad thing, over planning can be. I often find myself thinking too much about the future instead of being present. Slow down and focus on what you are doing. You can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future, but you can live in the moment.

 

DON’T LET FEAR OVERWHELM YOU

It is easy to let your imagination run wild, and get lost in vague fears. You could play the “what if” game for hours if you don’t keep yourself in check. Ask yourself if your fears are real or irrational. If they are irrational, remind yourself of that and try your best to not get stuck.

 

EXERCISE

If you are still having trouble moving on and making a solid decision, you are probably going to be pretty stressed out. Working out can relieve pent up energy and help you distress. When you come back more level headed and calm, it will clear your mind and give you clarity in your situation.

 

 

 

Karen Sue