Overthinking: Why We Do it and How to Stop it

6 strategies to stop overthinking and help manage your thoughts

Overthinking is something we all do, but when we do it too much it can become and issue. Learn tips and trick on how to stop overthinking and why we do it..

Thinking and worrying is something we all do and a natural part of being human. But when we do it to much, it can be a become an issue. I know that I”m not the only one that has struggled with overthinking things. So today I wanted to share some strategies I’ve used on how to stop overthinking and worrying.

Your thoughts are a powerful thing. They’re are the seed that becomes your reality, and that’s a great thing if you’re planting good thoughts. But if they’re negative thoughts and thinking too much about them.. that’s not good at all, especially when you start going down a wormhole of contemplation and rumination.

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The last few months I’ve had a little more time on my hands. This is great considering my life was pretty hectic before – juggling work, my blog, family and an active social life. But with that extra time, I noticed I began overthinking things a whole lot more.

Instead of considering all the things that could go right, I would ruminate about all the things that could go wrong. I would let fear overcome me and second-guess my decisions. This became tiring and paralyzing to the point it was difficult to for me to make any choices at all.

Oddly enough, overthinking and worrying allowed me feel like I was control of something that I had no control over. When I mulled over every possible outcome I felt in charge, even though it became emotionally draining.

Overthinking became my method of handling stressful situations and it got to a point where my day would vanish into thin air because I couldn’t stop thinking about what was bothering me.

I knew that overthinking hadn’t always been a problem for me. And if I have developed a habit of overthinking, I could certainly unlearn this habit as well.

So over the last few weeks I’ve been working on pulling myself out of spiral of overthinking and here are some tips that I’ve learned that have helped me.

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6 Strategies on How to Stop Overthinking and Worrying

1. Awareness is the first step

Take a moment to pay attention to the way you think. Before you figure out how to stop overthinking, you’ll need to learn to be aware of it when it’s happening.

Any time you find yourself doubting or feeling stressed or anxious, step back and look at the situation and how you’re responding. In that moment of awareness is the seed of the change you want to make.

2. Challenge your negative thoughts

In many cases, overthinking is caused by the emotion of fear of dealing with the unknown. Learn to recognize this and challenge these thoughts. When you focus on all the negative things that may happen, it’s easy to become paralyzed with indecision.

Instead of creating scenarios of what could go wrong, trying to visualize all the things that can go right and keep those thoughts present and up front. Try the focus on active problem-solving. Ask yourself what you can do about your situation and the good that can come out of it.

3. Put things into perspective.

It’s easy for your mind to make problems look bigger and more negative than they really are. The next time you catch yourself making a mountain out of a molehill, ask yourself how much this thought will matter in five years. Or, for that matter, next month. Just asking this simple question and changing up the time frame, you can help shut down overthinking.

4. Set time limits for your worrying

By setting aside a set amount of time for your worrying, you won’t end up spending the whole day doing it. The next time you catch yourself overthinking or worrying, set a timer for 15 minutes. Flush out all your thoughts in that time, and then move on with the rest of your day.

This tip has been particularly effective for me. I find it’s a good balance that allows me to spend a set about of time trying to deal with my issues, then move on from it so I’m not dwelling on my thoughts.

5. Practice mindfulness and being present

Try living in present moment of your everyday life, rather spending it in past or a possible future. One method I use to bring myself to the present is having a moment of mindfulness.

How I do this is find a comfortable space and take 1-2 minutes to focus fully on what is going on around me. I go through each of my senses, taking a moment feel, hear, sense, smell and see what’s going on around me. This helps me bring me to the present and help me to refocus my thoughts.

6. Keep yourself occupied

Another method that’s helpful for how to stop overthinking is immersing yourself in an activity you enjoy, or trying a new activity all together. Some of my go-to methods are:

  • Working out
  • Going for a walk with my dog
  • Trying out a new recipe in the kitchen
  • Reading a book
  • Listening to a podcast

Hope this post was helpful for you!
And if you have any tips you’d like to share on how to stop overthinking and relax,
please share them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!

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17 Comments
  • Danielle
    September 20, 2020

    I am a textbook over thinker and it is something that I am trying to work on!

    Danielle
    https://www.thereluctantblogger.co.uk/

    • Eileen
      September 20, 2020

      I feel like it’s something that a lot of us struggle with! Hopefully this post helped!

  • Shauna
    September 20, 2020

    I struggle with this too and it has led to a life filled with anxiety. Luckily I’m managing it a lot better these days!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • Eileen
      September 20, 2020

      Glad to hear you’re managing it better these days!

  • Deasy B
    September 20, 2020

    I never thought of putting a time limit into our thoughts, and I love that idea. We have time limits for other activities, why not this, as well? I love staying busy as well.

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    • Eileen
      September 21, 2020

      Thanks Deasy! Setting a time limit has been a really helpful one for me, and staying busy is another one too!

  • Monica Sors
    September 21, 2020

    Thanks for these tips, nice post!

    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: ZEBRA PRINT DRESS

  • Patricia
    September 21, 2020

    What a wonderful post. I have to say, I try to distract myself so much – so I’ll always have noise around me to silent my thoughts. That’s why it’s so hard for me at the moment to read a book or write or do something enjoyable. But I try to work out 4 times this week in order to calm my mind a bit down. Thank you so micuh for sharing. Bisou from Berlin http://www.missvoguevoyage.com/

    • Eileen
      September 23, 2020

      Working out is one that helps me a lot too! Something about it helps to clear my mind! Thanks Bisou!

  • Diane
    September 21, 2020

    I overthink a lot so this was a great read for me !

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    • Eileen
      September 23, 2020

      Thanks Diane! Glad you liked it!

  • Lovely
    September 22, 2020

    This one really hit home. Hard to know where the line is between thinking and over-thinking though. Thank you for this article! It was wonderful, and much needed.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Eileen
      September 23, 2020

      Thanks Lovely, there certainly is a fine line and it’s a really hard one to determine sometimes!

  • Ashley
    September 22, 2020

    As a certified overthinker, lol, I found this super helpful!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Eileen
      September 23, 2020

      Thanks Ashley! Glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  • MODEL EMMA
    September 30, 2020

    You are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing Why We Do it and How to Stop it. I really like it. xoxo street style fashion for womens

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