6 Ways To Stop Overthinking Everything And Finding Inner Peace
By Kavata Kithome
Overthinking is the ‘art’ of creating problems that aren’t even there. Psychologists refer to this as ruminating.
Staying positive can be a challenge in this day and age. You tend to think too hard about minor things and let your thoughts run away from you as you try your best to keep everything together; stress then manages to find its way into your inner space and you eventually slip into negative thinking patterns without even realizing it.
If you ever find yourself in this spinning state, here are 6 things you can do to help you find inner peace and bring you back to the present moment.
1. Acknowledge That You Have A Problem
If you feel like you can’t get out of your own head and overthinking is stopping you from living a happy life, making decisions, getting things done, or forming meaningful relationships, then you have a problem. If your anxiety about the future is stopping you from enjoying the present, you have a problem.
If you are not sure if you have a problem, ask your friends and loved ones to be honest with you, because they are usually the ones who will see it even if you cannot.
2. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We are extraordinary creatures with brains that are hardwired to think through all of the possible outcomes at any given moment. Whether this be a blessing or a curse, to think about your problems and possible solutions or outcomes is a very natural, human part of life – nothing you should feel the need to beat yourself up for.
3. Take Deep Breaths
If you find yourself spiraling into a bout of overthinking, take a moment to breathe deeply and really consider what you are thinking about. This will help bring you back to the present moment. You can also take a moment to write some thoughts down to help make a decision or just get everything out in front of you.
4. Talk Less
When you are ruminating over too many thoughts, you may want to talk it out. This may not actually be the best option for you. Research has shown that talking about things you’re overthinking about can cause cortisol (stress hormone) to get released, which can make you get even more worked up.
Meditation is misconstrued as a practice of clearing the mind. There is nothing wrong with that, but you can try meditation that allows your thoughts to recycle more smoothly through your mind and helps you to take control again.
6. Get Outside
Get out and get your heart pumping, because nothing clears your mind like a run, a hike, or a bike ride. Take the time to meditate in the open air and let the thoughts roll through your head-space at their own pace; allow them to just flow naturally.
Bonus tip: One of the biggest things that over-thinkers struggle with is the ability to live in the present moment. Being so consumed by failures of the past and worries about the future, the present moment does not get the attention and love it deserves.
Lao Tzu said that “If you are depressed, you are living in the past, if you are anxious, you are living in the future and if you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
You have little control over the unfolding of events in life, at least from the conscious standpoint that your worrying will directly impact the outcome in the way that you want. The universe is way older and wiser than you are; instead of obsessively worrying, try to let go of control and with love and trust, surrender to the universe.
With that said, remember that thoughts become things and the more you worry about something, the more you will begin to manifest the exact thing you are worrying about. Your thoughts and feelings will energetically create your life. The good news is that you have all of the tools you need to create a life of positivity and inner peace.
Do you know any other tips to help with stress and overthinking? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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