As a general rule, thinking is a good thing, right? 😉
But, some people overthink everything, and others don’t think enough… so how can you get the balance right?
Unfortunately, it is possible to think yourself into anxiety, frustration, and even illness. So, if you have the ability to make things that should be simple, complex; or a minor issue, a major drama, you could be damaging your health, and it’s time to stop.
Remember, it’s a real waste of your time and talent to over-analyze everything and everyone. It’s actually called “analysis paralysis,” or the over-analyzing of a situation so that a decision or action is never taken. Not good!
But, what exactly can you do to stop this overthinking?
7 Ways To Deal With Overthinking
1. Forget Perfection
It doesn’t exist, so don’t waste your time waiting around for that perfect time, condition, or whatever, because before you know it your ambitious will have passed you by. We should all be aiming to improvement our life, but don’t allow a need for perfection to get in the way of actually living your life to the fullest.
2. Just Do It
Remember that old analysis paralysis I mentioned above? Well, instead of overthinking everything and never actually taking action, just get out there and do stuff… now! Especially if it scares you — don’t let fear run your life.
3. Be In The Moment
It’s not always possible, but focusing on what’s in front of you is much better than allowing your mind to dwell way back in the past, or indeed, to worry about what’s around the next corner. You can’t change it, so live in the moment.
4. Be Honest
It’s easy to fall into the trap of rationalizing why you do or don’t do certain things to anyone who will listen, but honesty is refreshing.
5. Get A Mentor
You might have a friend who is a great lister, or even your very own coach. But it should be someone who will be able to give you honest, meaningful, specific, and relevant advice, not someone who will tell you what you want to hear. This can be hugely helpful — two heads really are better than one.
6. Change Position
When you find yourself starting to overthink something again, try getting up and changing your position; perhaps go for a walk, or call a friend. Studies actually show that a new vantage point can be enough to shake you out of a fruitless and harmful thought process.
7. Avoid Overthinkers
If you have friends or colleagues who also worry way too much about everything, try to stay out of their way as much as possible. Instead, spend time with positive thinkers, since they will have a much better impact on your mind.
Are you an overthinker? What methods do you use to help overcome the tendency for overthinking?