Overthinking is a common and destructive habit.
It stops people from leading the life they really want.
Obviously, thinking thoroughly can be something very good.But too much thought can cause you to remain standing still in your life.And that you sabotage the good things in your life.
I can also take this into account: I used to think so much that it often stopped me from taking action.But in the meantime I have learned new habits that greatly help me to think ‘ smarter ‘ and live with more satisfaction and less fear. I like to share them with you.
1.View the bigger picture
Often we think too much about the little things in life.Therefore, ask yourself:
Will this be even more important in 5 years?Or even about 5 weeks?
Increasing your perspective with this simple question helps to quickly get out of the over-thinking.And to focus your time and energy on things that are really important to you.
2.Give yourself a shorter time to decide
Set yourself a time limit to decide and take action.Otherwise, you will continue to turn your mind around and view them from all angles in your mind.
Learn to decide better by setting deadlines in your daily life.Whether it is a small or a big decision.
Where I used to see the menu on restaurant for minutes, I now require myself to make a choice within 30 seconds.For larger decisions that I used to do days or weeks, I use a 30-minute deadline or the end of the day.
3.Move Small Steps
A habit that also works very well is to put small steps forward: Focus one stepat a time.You feel less overwhelmed and you tend to postpone less. Even though you feel some fear, a small step helps not to paralyate you by that fear.
4.Realization: I can’t check everything
Fifty times everything you think about is because you want to check everything.To not run the risk of failure.
But mistakes and failures just deliver your life experience.Therefore, stop checking with everything. However, you cannot see all possible scenarios in advance.
Say stop against your thoughts
You don’t being your thoughts.You make them though. You can also stop them. And then sometimes it helps to simply say ‘stop‘ to negative thoughts that arise at a time when you don’t want to.
6.Spend more time at the present moment
Worries and stress you get by thinking a lot about the past or the future.By dwell in the present moment you avoid that.
How can you spend more in the ‘ Now ‘?Slow down what you are doing, tell yourself ‘ now I’m at it… (cycling, walking, washing off) ‘, and take very carefully. Experience the present moment with all your senses: what do you see, what do you hear, what do you feel, what smell, what do you taste?
7.Spend more time with people who think about everything
Of course, your social environment also plays a role: not only the people around you, but also what you read, look at and listen to.
So find ways to spend more time with people and resources that have a positive effect on your thinking.