We all over think, but an excess of thinking can be bad for our health — here’s how to avoid it…
Find time alone with your thoughts
We tend to find ourselves overthinking things when we are surrounded by the drama and chaos of outside influences. When our thoughts are mixed with everyone else’s opinions, it makes it hard to know where our’s end and theirs begins.
Let go of the need for approval
More often, though, the need for approval is negatively impacting our life. We overthink the things we need to do to fit in, to be liked and to gain approval. Wanting people to like us results in the failure to see new opportunities, avoiding risks, and avoiding new connections for fear of being judged.
Change your self talk
We need to start paying attention to the messages we’re telling ourselves. Our self-talk is at the root of all overthinking. We are constantly justifying our actions, downplaying our achievements and explaining away our hard work. Doing that demeans the importance of our work and our self-worth.
Start thinking bigger
Now at first thought it may seem that thinking bigger will only make overthinking worse.
On the contrary, as a matter of fact, thinking big keeps us focused on big things. And when we’re focused on big things, there’s no room for the petty annoyances to infiltrate our thinking and taking over our mind.
And finally, the best tool available to stop overthinking is meditation. Meditation is a scary word to many people, but it doesn’t have to be – it all boils down to quieting the chaos that surrounds us.