Self Esteem: Overcome Your Overthinking

Self Esteem: Overcome Your OverthinkingHaving trouble sleeping? Feeling depressed or anxious? It may be that you are overthinking. Our brains love to work overtime. Thinking is good, but overthinking is a toxic habit that can cause more damage than we realize. It interferes with our ability to solve problems and hinders our coping skills.
 Overthinking is as debilitating as it is common. When we overthink, our judgments become cloudy, our stress levels elevate and we spend way too much time on negative mode. And while set on negative mode, we are paralyzed by fear and can not act.  It stops us from enjoying life. Typically, it also comes with all the physical discomforts of anxiety. This means that overthinking leaves us not only mentally distressed but also exhausted.

 We need to learn to how to quiet our mind. It’s important to know that it is possible to overcome overthinking and anxiety. It requires an action plan. Our plan should consist of straightforward techniques that work, and can be repeated until they become second nature.
Overthinking is different for everyone. Anytime you feel stressed, anxious or are doubting yourself, chances are you are overthinking. Start paying closer attention to your thought processes, and notice when you’re thinking in an unproductive way. Acknowledge the situation and how you are responding.          
 Using practical ways of dealing with life’s challenges is one of the best ways to stop overthinking. When something is bothering you, ask yourself: will this matter in a year? Often, you’ll find it won’t even matter a month down the line. This can help you relax.  Also, taking breaks throughout the day can reduce overall anxiety levels. Retrain your brain to think positively by doing calming things like meditation, reading or walking. Learning how to stop overthinking, anxiety also has a lot to do with building better connections with your physical body. Exercise focuses the mind on something straightforward, structured and rewarding, turning pent-up energy into something you can use.
 We must cultivate ways of  living better in the present moment. Do not allow yourself to be held hostage by vague fears about what might happen to you. Instead, confront the toughest question: What is the worst that could happen? Often, it won’t be as bad as you think. The fact is you actually have the resources to deal with the worst-case scenario.
 Finally, work to accept that you cannot control everything. This is the aim of your overthinking, and it’s ultimately holding you back. To grow and develop as a person, you need to willingly move out of your comfort zone into places where the unexpected can happen. Learn from mistakes and see them as opportunities for improvement rather than as failures. In doing so, you will overcome your overthinking.