6 Practical Ways To Stop Overthinking
I am the queen of overthinking everything. Everything. From why someone didn’t text me back to if I hurt someone’s feelings at work. Even little things, like if people are going to think I look weird in these shoes or if my boss is mad that I was sick and couldn’t come to work. So you could say I struggle with a bit of anxiety.
However, I have found some practical ways to put an end to this. Though I will say I have to continue to do these things daily for them to be effective. My hope is that they will be helpful to you as well.
1. Be Thankful
This may seem odd, but it has helped me greatly. Every evening I started sitting down and taking just 5-10 minutes to write down all the things I’m thankful for. It allowed me to stop focusing on the bad parts of the day, to stop picking apart all the little things that I was worried about and spend more time appreciating all the good things.
Write it down. Write down everything that happened during the day, how it made you feel and why. This helped me get things off my chest. It’s almost like once I wrote it on paper I could stop thinking about it. For us overthinkers whose minds never stop running, writing and journaling helps to give us a place to put all of our thoughts. Buy a cute journal and give it a try.
3. Get Moving!
Sometimes you just need to run it out. If you can’t stop overthinking something try simply going to the gym and getting your frustration and worry out through exercise. Moving our bodies is not only good for our physical health but also our mental health! This is something very practical that could make a huge difference.
4. Look at the Bigger Picture
This one is huge. Sometimes when something is really bothering me and I can’t stop worrying or thinking about it, I take a few moments and think, “will this matter is a year?” or even “will this matter next week?” And believe it or not, most of the time the answer is no. This exercise just helps to put things in perspective and to let go of the little things.
5. Help Someone Else
Volunteer with an organization you believe in, cook a meal for a neighbor, offer to watch someones kids so they can go on a date. Helping others allows us to stop thinking about ourselves so much and pour into the lives of others.
6. Pray and Read Scripture
This is usually the thing that is the most helpful for me. When I spend time in prayer and in my Bible I’m reminded of how incredibly much God loves me. And also how he gives us unending grace. When I feel like I’ve messed up (even if it’s irrational and ridiculous) it’s important to remember that Christ died for our sins so that we could be set free. I always go back to Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened by the yoke of slavery again.” Remember this freedom Christ bought for you and don’t let your mind hold you captive.
I hope this has been helpful and that you will find some peace from these 6 ways to crush anxiety.