The mind is the most powerful asset that we posses; but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own, one that we cannot control; it is always talking to us and sometimes we don’t like what it has to say; we wish that we were able to quiet it. Here are some steps to learn how to quiet your overactive brain:
Have you ever gone to bed to just not purposely relive the day? Meditation is one of the quickest tools for finding that inner peace of mind. Remember, your goal of mindfulness is not to suppress thinking but to surpass it. Just become aware and learn to put it to the side for the moment.
The key is how you react to your thoughts; if you focus on your thinking, your mind is like an electric fan, with thoughts blowing everywhere. When you start focusing on your breathing, your thoughts can come and go like clouds. You can look at them, realize they are just thoughts and let them go. You do not have to have an emotional attachment to them. An eight-minute meditation, can have a profound effect on your well being; use these strategies:
Get into a good position: Find a place in your body where you can feel your breath most prominently; perhaps your abdomen, diaphragm or nostrils.
Detach from your thoughts: Number one rule, keep a consistent appointment with your meditation practice; just like brushing your teeth.
Overthinking: is not recognized as a mental disorder all by itself, but research has found it is often associated with other mental conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders. It can be dangerous to let your mind wander without restraint, since whatever you build on your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life. Learn this for once and for all, thoughts become things, choose the good thoughts.
The difference between the have and have not, is that they have learned to how to harness the power of thought to help them achieve their goals.
You are not alone, and you were not born an over thinker. Overthinking is a result of one fact of human existence; we all have patters to our behaviors. These patterns developed over time based on life experiences, can also be unlearned. The key is to identify what is causing your overthinking, and take decisive action to change your mindset.
Why do I overthink?
Often overthinking is a byproduct of anxiety or depression, you may also have realized that overthinking mostly happens when confronted with a tough decision, also when dealing with your own insecurities. Overthinking is not rational, and it is not part of a long strategy, but it can actually interfere with your problem solving abilities.
Let go of the past
Overthinking often focus on the past; expending energy on the “what if’s” and “should have’s”. Those who understand how not to overthink, know that the past is just that. It cannot be changed, the only thing that can be change is the reasoning you give it.
Living in the moment is a key to learning how to stop overthinking; you can take control of your mind and stop negative emotions on their tracks; also, leaving your comfort zone, will help you control that natural fear and anxiety. Those who are able to leave the comfort zone, may have more emotional mastery than those who stay stuck in routines. What we all need is mental growth, if we are not growing, we are dying. When you develop a growth mindset, you will unlock your inner power. Accept failures and find the lessons; fear of failure is one of the most common fears that hold us back from achieving excellence; do not let failure hold you back, find the lesson and push forward.