How to Stop Overthinking
Has your phone ever started to ring and it’s from a friend that never calls you and you immediately start thinking worst-case scenario? Or your boss puts a meeting on your calendar, and you immediately start wondering what you’ve done negatively that has called for this meeting with no explanation – and then you start thinking about your favorite co-worker who was fired, are you next!?! These might be signs that you are an overthinker.
But you don’t have to be!
That mental real estate you have inside your head is expensive – clearing out the negative thoughts makes room for more positivity. The more positivity you can give to yourself, the greater that law of attraction will bring you more external positivity.
Overthinking is when you dwell or worry about the same thought repeatedly. People who overthink can even be paralyzed by their worries which can cause them to struggle even more with making decisions or just simply taking action.
A few ways that overthinking can be displayed is like when you second-guess your decisions, or you rehash conversations you’ve had, fixating on things you can’t actually control, and even just imagine worst-case scenarios. Any of these sound familiar to you? One or two in particular? I know that I am guilty of catching myself second-guessing my decisions, (I’m still a work-in-progress too!)
The Law of Attraction says energy flows where your attention goes. So, what you think about, you create and attract more of externally. Constantly reliving the past, filled with regret or guilt or wishing you would have done or said something differently – this sets you up for those negative emotions. Negativity will attract negativity. Not only does overthinking affect your mental and physical health, but overthinking takes you out of the present moment and you completely miss life. What is actually in front of you at the present moment, you will miss it. You will miss being present.
Plus, overthinking is just a huge time and energy sucker. But the best part is – it doesn’t have to be this way!
There are 7 ways to stop overthinking; the brain drain, schedule self-check-ins, counter the worst-case scenario with a best-case scenario, do something nice for someone else, the 2-2-2 Rule, shift to gratitude, and practice being present. Just like anything else in the realm of personal development, having awareness of the action is the first step but what you do after you’ve accepted that awareness is where things can really change for the better. Give yourself grace, with your personal development and overthinking in general.
Want to know more about overthinking and those 7 ways to stop it from constantly happening? Check out my podcast on this very topic!