Let’s be honest: Overthinking is exhausting. When you feel vulnerable about your future and keep trying to solve the problems in your head, always looking for the negative aspect of everything, it is when the process of overthinking things starts. It is when the logical parts of your brain bring up memories to help you anticipate things in your head. Not in a positive way, elevating your stress level and lowering your ability to logically solve problems.
Overthinking is rooted in the uncertainty, and it is a process that can be emotionally draining, sucking you into a state of mind that it can be very challenging to remove yourself from. In fact, studies have shown that overthinking elevates your stress levels, reduces your creativity, clouds your judgment, and strips you of your power to make decisions.
Overthinking things can not only affect your mind, leading you to waste hours in unproductive mental loops but also affect your body, provoking physical reactions including sleeping disorder, drop in your energy levels, and loss of appetite.
Being aware of your actions and reactions and recognizing early signs that you have become an overthinker is crucial to start shifting your life, reprograming your mind, and living a better life.
Overthinking X Concerning
Here is the real deal when it comes to overthinkers. There is a slight difference between being concerned about a situation and being overly worried about the repercussions of an upcoming event.
Being concerned is good when in control and maintaining your ability to weigh all the possible scenarios, positive and negative. However, the problem starts when you can only see the negative side, preventing you from taking action and solving the problem.
Reprograming your mind
It all starts in your mind. It is time to reprogram your mind and find your way to focus on what really matters. Here are some great tips on how you can stop overthinking everything:
- Move from “I can’t” to “I can”
Change the way you tell the story to yourself. Instead of “I can’t do this,” start saying, “I can make a decision, and I will do this.” Make the decision to become a person of action by implementing two easy steps in your life: make the decision and take action.
- Let go of the past
Overthinkers love the past. Instead, start loving the present and focus on your future.
- Identify your fears
What are your fears? What really makes you scared that you are always putting this in front of everything, as an unconscious obstacle? Broadening your perspective about your fears will help you reprogram your mind to start living in the moment, preventing you from projecting your worries in the future.
- Manage your expectations
Stop waiting for perfection. Being ambitious is great but aiming for perfection is unrealistic, impractical, and debilitating.
- Be grateful for the moment
Be grateful for what you have. Live the present and be happy.
The bottom line
Do not spend your energy on things you cannot control, and focus your energy on the things you can. Be aware, reasonable, and find the balance between logical and irrational to start living your best life.
Written with the 2021 Olympics and Post Covid-19 in mind, Eric Bailey does share not only his personal stories but also his strategies and tools to help us all thrive in our lives, Going for Gold. Click on the link for your playbook to win the Gold…And Live Your Personal Best.