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Are You Overthinking? Simple Ways to Overcome It

Are You Overthinking?  Simple Ways to Overcome It

Why Do We Overthink?

Overthinking is a common issue many people face, often stemming from various underlying causes such as anxiety, perfectionism, and the fear of making mistakes. Here are a few reasons why we tend to overthink:


Fear of Failure

Concern about making the wrong decision can lead to endless deliberation.



Striving for perfection can cause excessive rumination over details.


Lack of Confidence

Doubting one's own judgment or abilities can result in second-guessing.


Stress and Anxiety

High levels of stress and anxiety can trigger a cycle of overthinking.


Previous Experiences

Negative past experiences might make us overly cautious and analytical.


Uncertainty and Ambiguity: Difficulty in dealing with uncertainty can lead to overanalyzing situations to seek clarity. 

12 Tips to Stop Overthinking

Are You Overthinking?  Simple Ways to Overcome It

Set Time Limits for Decision-Making

Give yourself a specific amount of time to make a decision or reflect on a problem. Setting a timer can prevent endless deliberation and encourage more decisive action.


Challenge Negative Thoughts

Identify and challenge negative thoughts by questioning their validity. Ask yourself if there is concrete evidence supporting these thoughts or if they are simply based on unfounded fears.


Focus on What You Can Control

Overthinking often involves worrying about things beyond our control. Shift your focus to aspects of the situation you can influence and take actionable steps towards those areas.


Write It Down

Journaling your thoughts can provide a release and help you organize and process them more clearly. It can also serve as a reality check, making your worries seem more manageable when they’re on paper.


Engage in Physical Activity

Exercise can reduce stress and anxiety, which are common triggers for overthinking. Physical activities like yoga, walking, or any form of exercise you enjoy can help clear your mind and improve your mood.


Limit Information Intake

In the age of information, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data. Limit your intake of news and social media to avoid information overload and focus on what's truly important.


Seek Professional Help if Needed

If overthinking is significantly impacting your daily life, seeking help from a therapist or counselor can be beneficial. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly effective in addressing patterns of overthinking.


Create a Reflection Period

Set aside a specific time each day dedicated to reflecting on your thoughts. This way, when you catch yourself overthinking outside of this period, you can remind yourself to postpone it until your designated reflection time. This can help contain overthinking and make it more manageable.


Connect with Others

Talking to friends, family, or a support group can provide a different perspective and help you gain clarity. Sometimes, verbalizing your thoughts can make them seem less daunting.


Engage in Creative Activities

Hobbies like painting, writing, music, or any creative outlet can be an excellent way to divert your mind from overthinking. Creativity can act as a form of meditation, allowing you to focus on the present moment.


Embrace Imperfection

Understand that it’s okay to make mistakes and that perfection is an unrealistic goal. Embrace the idea that doing your best is enough and that learning from mistakes is part of personal growth.

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Michelle Kellogg RMT, M.Ed. -


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