The 22nd is ‘World thinking day’ – and for some reason, when I saw this, I started to think about people who come to see me, who think too much…
Is that even possible? Can we really think too much? Isn’t the whole point of world thinking day to encourage people to think more about things? Well yes, probably. But for me, and my business, when I talk about thinking, I am usually talking to my clients about OVERTHINKING THINGS….
And overthinking things can cause issues such as:
- Panic attacks
- Digestive Issues
- Ruins social relationships as you ‘go on’ too much or are known to be ‘negative’.
Not to mention that for the person who is overthinking things all of the time, it’s pretty EXHAUSTING isn’t it? I am sure you know, as we have all been there. And so today, I wanted to give you my top 3 tips to STOP OVERTHINKING THINGS – and just do it.
1. Know that over thinking leads to stress + anxiety which leads to A LACK OF ACTION.
The more you get caught up in the cycle of over thinking things, the more you become caught up in your own headspace. This can mean that you then start to experience stress and anxiety – and before you know it, a week has passed, and you still haven’t done that thing that you were thinking about……..
My tip: Everytime that you find yourself overthinking things tell yourself to STOP. Yep, I know, it sounds almost TOO simple and I get that. But make a point of DECIDING to just stop it. And to get to that point, YOU and only you can make the choice to take control of things. One way to make this more effective is to put an elastic band around your wrist, and whenever you are overthinking things tell yourself to just SNAP OUT OF IT and snap the elastic band hard enough that it changes the direction of your thinking.
2. Make a choice to be in control of your thoughts and turn a negative into a positive.
When you find yourself overthinking things (and let’s be honest, more often than not this is negative). make an ACTIVE CHOICE choose to think differently. For example, if you are worrying about getting to work on time tomorrow, make a choice, when you catch yourself thinking about that, to focus on the image and the feeling of yourself getting to work on time or even early. Really feel how that outcome would feel, and then notice how everything about your physiology changes and feels.
Know that: Your mind can think either positive or negative and whatever is going on in your headspace affects the actions you take, the way that you feel physically and so on. By dragging yourself down, you will slow yourself down and you will make the negative outcome happen. Thoughts are powerful so CHOOSE the right ones and trick your mind + body into making the good stuff happen.
3. Turn down your racing thoughts with this quick + easy technique.
If you do find your mind is running away with you and you aren’t really sure what to do about it, try this quick + easy technique that I love.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and just allow your mind to wander. It’s okay if it’s busy and racing. This is not meditation so you don’t have to calm your chattering monkey mind …. just let your mind wander and then imagine yourself walking into a control room. This control room is what controls your thoughts and your feelings. On the wall ahead of you you can see a large dial. A large, metal dial, that has the number 1-10 on it. Imagine that 10 is the highest level of anxiety, and inner chitter chatter. Where would you say that you are at with things? Now imagine your hand taking control of that dial and turning down your inner chitter chatter, from wherever it is at, to where feels more comfortable
You can use this technique whenever you feel that you need to, and notice now, how calmer you feel.
No matter where you are at with things, know that on some level, thinking about things is a good thing. Only YOU can know when it’s not working for you because you will notice that you are affected: mentally, anxiety, stress, insomnia, dietry issues and so on.
If you feel that this blog post resonates with you then why not contact me for a consultation and let’s talk about what’s been going on for you.
Until the next time,