Types of Overthinking (And the Cure)

 Types of Overthinking (And the Cure) 

Types of Overthinking (And the Cure)


1. Mental Chatter 


You cannot tell yourself to think something; the more you try not to think about something, the more it sticks around. 


Change the channel: keeping yourself busy with an activity is the best way to change the channel. 


Try: 


Exercising. e Engage on a conversation topic.  Go somewhere that feeds your heart. 


2. Over-Reading Into Things 


This is when a minor issue arises, and your imagination goes into overdrive, imagining all of the (mostly non-existent) disasters that may ensue. 


Challenge your thoughts: Acknowledge that your thoughts may be exaggeratedly negative. 


Replace "what if" with "we'll see; which is a way of moving past analysis paralysis to acceptance. 


3. Mindreading 


This is when you're constantly trying to predict what other people are thinking about you. 


Focus on what matters: When you concentrate on what's important, you think less about your individual role and more about the bigger picture. 


Remember, most people aren't paying much attention; they spend more time thinking about themselves than thinking about others. 

4. Rumination About The Past 


This can involve incessantly dwelling ona mistake you made in the past or continuously replaying a time you were hurt, over and over again, in your mind. 


Notice when you're thinking too much: Awareness is the first step in putting an end to overthinking. 


When you notice yourself replaying events in your mind over and over or worrying about things you can't control, acknowledge that your thoughts aren't productive. 




5. Worrying About The Future 


This is where you continuously stress out and panic that something "bad" might happen. 


Practice Mindfulness: When you're living in the present moment, it's impossible to dwell on the past or worry about the future. 


Make a commitment to becoming more aware of the present moment. 


Mindfulness, like any other skill, requires practice, but it can reduce overthinking over time. 



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