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How to Stop Overthinking?

How often do you find yourself lost in your thoughts?

Working out every possible outcome over any given situation...

Getting carried away by the 'What if's'...

Worrying about all those things that you have absolutely no control over...

Analysing comments or working out potential conversations in every possible direction...

All of these are ways we create stress for ourselves unnecessarily.

What if you could control your thoughts?

What would happen if you exercised your ability to choose what you think about?

What if your mind/ego wants to keep you safe so fills your head with fearful, misaligned thoughts, safe in the knowledge that we'll more than likely follow our minds than our hearts true calling even if it's only because it's safer?

You can control your thoughts. If you're in the habit of overthinking, creating new habits will ease the stress and tension of always having thoughts in your head deafening you and will help you bring things into perspective and allow life to flow through you instead of trying to control the flow.

Here are some easy and practical ways of stopping overthinking in it's tracks:

Conscious Breathing:

Fear and worries can only exist when we think about the past or imagine a potential future. With the power of our thoughts being so potent, it would be wiser to focus on positive outcomes and desired possibilities rather than to imagine all that could go wrong.

When we take time to focus on our breathing it brings us back to the present moment, where no fear or worries can exist.

Simply close your eyes and bring your attention to the end of your nose. Take a deep breath and sigh it out. You may wish to hold it for a few seconds before you sigh it out. Keep your focus on the end of your nose and take another few deep breaths in this way.

Three breaths are good, five are better - but if you can go for ten that would be awesome!

Notice how clear your mind is and how centred you feel after having simply breathed for a few minutes.

You can literally do this any time you feel the need to, after all we are constantly breathing.

Breathe to come back to the present moment where no fear or worries can exist.


One of the most effective ways of clearing the thoughts in our heads is to get them out, either on paper or typing - whatever works best for you.

Take 10 or 15 minutes if you can and write out all the thoughts going around in your head. This will allow you to put things into perspective and come away with a clear mind and able to focus on the present moment.

Let go of what you can't control:

It's so easy to get lost thinking about things that we have absolutely no control over. The most important thing to remember is that you may not be able to control other people's actions or responses but you can control your thoughts about them.

It's also helpful to bear in mind that everyone is on their own journey and will react in the ways that best serve the ways in which they are learning and growing - even though they may not be aware of it.

When we let go of all of those things we have no control over we find peace of mind because we have released the need to know outcomes and have gotten into the habit of living in the Now.

Switch your focus:

When you find yourself lost in your thoughts, or distracted by worries switching your focus is another easy way to change your mindset and stop overthinking.