Thinking too much about things doesn’t only become a nuisance. It can also seriously take a toll on your well-being. Research says that dwelling on your mistakes, shortcomings, and problems only increases your risk of mental health problems.
And as your mental health declines, your tendency to ruminate only increases, which can lead to a vicious cycle that’s very hard to break. Studies have also shown that overthinking can lead to serious emotional distress. To escape that distress, several over-thinkers resort to unhealthy coping strategies, such as food or alcohol… Or both.
If you’re an over-thinker you likely already know you can’t sleep when your mind just won’t shut off. Studies confirm this, finding that worry and rumination lead to poorer sleep quality and fewer hours of sleep.
Putting an end to second-guessing, rehashing, and catastrophic predictions is easier said than done. But with consistent practice, you can limit your negative thinking patters. Here are 15 ways to stop overthinking everything.
1. Notice When You’re Thinking Too Much
Awareness is always the first step in putting an end to your overthinking patterns and turning them into positive thoughts. Start paying more attention to the way you think and where your thoughts are coming from. When you begin noticing you’re worrying about things you have no control over, or constantly re-playing events in your mind over and over to the point where it’s become unhealthy, acknowledge that the thoughts you’re currently having aren’t productive and they aren’t helping the situation at all. Doing this will help you prevent any negative thoughts or overthinking you may do in the future from spiraling completely out of control.