25 Tips How to Stop Overthinking and Start Living

There are a lot of things in life that can lead to overthinking. In fact, so many things that it’s not always easy to tell what the cause is for any one person’s overthinking. Perhaps you have an obsessive personality or maybe you were raised with a perfectionist mentality? Whatever your reason may be, there are steps you can take right now to help break the cycle and start living in the moment. Try these simple tips to see what works for you and start living!

Breathe in, breathe out

Breathing is a powerful tool to calm your mind and body down. So, take a few breaths before reacting to anything and you’ll immediately feel better about the situation or conversation at hand.

Don’t let your mind wander

Constantly thinking about what might happen, what you did wrong in the past, and obsessing over future events will only make things worse. Be present and fully engage with whatever is going on around you.

Create a to-do list

It may seem counterproductive since we all want to “live in the moment”, but having a list of things to do will help take some of the pressure off your mind. Crossing items off as you complete them gives you a sense of accomplishment and can help reduce stress.

Talk it out

Discussing your thoughts and feelings with someone who will listen without judgement is a great way to unburden yourself and move on. Try finding a comfortable space, like a supportive friend or family member, a therapist, or even a pet!

Embrace the unknown

It’s easy to worry about what might not happen as opposed to letting the future unfold as it will. Take chances and don’t be afraid of the unknown. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Strive to be more present

Every single thing you’ve ever done in your life has happened right now. If you could rewind time and go back to any moment, it would still be happening right now . The point is that worrying about the future or dwelling on the past doesn’t do anything (it can’t change what has already happened, and it won’t help you prepare for what might happen). So, focus on the present moment and enjoy it!

Get organized

Feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done can lead to overthinking. Start by organizing your thoughts and tasks into specific categories to make them more manageable.

Give yourself time

It’s not always possible to stop overthinking overnight. Be patient with yourself and understand that it will take time and practice to break the habit.

Take a break

If you find that you can’t shake your thoughts, take a quick break to do something completely different. This will help give your mind a rest and allow you to get back into the right frame of mind.

Don’t be afraid of silence

Introverts know that there can exist too much noise in our heads from overthinking everything around us, which is why they often seek out silence. Find a comfortable space, whether it’s outside in nature or curled up with a good book, and allow yourself some peace and quiet.

Journal

Writing down your thoughts can be another way to help clear your head. Not only will it help organize your thoughts, but you may also find that you can reflect on them more objectively after the fact.

Set realistic goals

When we set our sights too high, it’s easy to start overthinking how we’ll ever be able to achieve them. Try setting smaller, more manageable goals that you can gradually work your way up to.

Talk to a professional

If you find that your overthinking is causing you distress or interfering with your ability to live a normal life, seek professional help. A therapist can assist you in identifying the causes of your overthinking and provide tools to help you manage it.

Take a break from technology

We often overthink things when we have too much time on our hands. If you find yourself struggling to break the habit, take a break from technology and all of its distractions. This will allow you to focus on your thoughts without any outside interference.

Live in the moment

This is arguably the most important tip of all! The more we try to control things that are out of our control, the more distressed we become. Situations will always change and feelings may vary, so don’t get too attached to any one idea or plan. It’s okay if things don’t go exactly how you imagined!

Take care of yourself

Treating yourself well with healthy habits that help reduce stress is the best way to beat overthinking. This includes eating well, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks throughout your day to relax.

Get a massage

Getting a massage from a professional can be an amazing way to relieve all of the tension our bodies build up from overthinking everything around us. If you don’t have time for a full-blown massage, try giving yourself one at home by grabbing your favorite oils and massaging away!

Plan for tomorrow, but live for today

One of the quickest ways to stress yourself out is to worry about things that might not ever happen. Instead of spending time worrying about what you can’t control, focus on everything you already have and plan for tomorrow as it comes.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a great way to clear your head and focus on the present moment. This involves being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judging them. When you’re mindful, it becomes much harder to overthink things.

Fake it till you make it

Yup, even this advice is advice that I’ve gotten from an expert in coaching! You can almost trick your mind into thinking that you’re not overthinking things by acting confident and relaxed all the time.

Try yoga

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, which are two big causes of overthinking everything. In addition to reducing stress, yoga can provide you with a great workout!

Reward yourself

When you finally do something that you’re proud of, reward yourself! This can be anything from taking a long bath to buying yourself your favorite dessert. Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments will help you to feel good about yourself and discourage you from overthinking in the future.

Talk about it

If there’s a specific thing that you’re overthinking, talk to a friend or family member about it. This can be a great way to gain some perspective and refocus your thoughts on something other than the object of your anxiety.

Drink more water

Believe it or not, dehydration can actually cause you to overthink things more. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your mind clear and focused.

Be grateful

Lastly, remember that there are many things in life to be grateful for! Make a list of all of the things you’re most thankful for and refer back to it whenever you find yourself overthinking everything.

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