Overthinking is your biggest enemy when trying to do anything productive. Instead of getting right to the solution, you take much longer to figure out how to solve the problem.
Despite many people falling into the trap, there are ways to stop it and instead start doing it.
I’m here to tell you how to stop overthinking by giving you first-hand tips. These tips are proven to work and will get you to start doing things in no time.
With that said, let’s start.
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Do Something Else
You might have a big problem on your hands and need a solution ASAP. But for some reason, you cannot stop overthinking, and the answer is nowhere to be found.
Overthinking is a surprisingly common habit. A study from the University of Michigan found that 57% of women and 43% of men overthink. So if you consider yourself a big overthinker, join the club.
But it would help if you still stopped it. Fortunately, one thing to do is to get distracted by something else.
Distractions aren’t the best when working or trying to get anything done. Instead of putting your mind to it, you end up doing something else entirely. So, even though distractions are technically counterproductive, they can help you stop overthinking.
But how – you might ask. Well, when you overthink, your mind is constantly racing.
That makes it difficult to enjoy yourself as the anxiety kicks in. For example, you might be overthinking how to plan a successful family event. While you want to impress everyone, planning a family dinner or event is no easy task.
So one solution is to drop it all and instead do something else. Start enjoying yourself and get the much-needed creativity to go again.
Address the Issue
Getting distracted to stop overthinking is a short-term solution that works excellently. But let’s not forget that distractions are still a short-term solution and not something you should constantly do.
You essentially run from the problem when you get distracted by something to stop overthinking. Even if the problem is relatively small and insignificant, one of the best tactics is to tackle the issue head-on.
But instead of putting your brain to solve the problem, try to address its nature.
You dig a bigger hole when you fall into the trap of constantly over-analyzing the problem. To counter that, try telling your brain to switch from analyzing the issue to addressing it.
Instead of thinking about how to plan the family event, think about what you need to make the event a successful one. You’ll need to prepare dinner and dessert, fit everyone on the table, and plan fun activities. When you start analyzing the problem instead of trying to find a solution, it’s easier to get unstuck.
Identify Multiple Solutions
One way to stop overthinking and start doing is to put forth multiple solutions. While you will eventually settle on one, you give yourself more options by identifying more than one solution.
That way, you don’t have to worry about how to make dinner but what to prepare. Maybe prepare a turkey, bring out the barbeque, or make your world-famous lasagna.
By giving yourself more options, it’s easier to settle on the best solution. And don’t think for a second that these tips aren’t practical with other aspects of life such as work. For example, you might be struggling with onboarding new hires for your company.
The point is the same. Whatever situation you find yourself in, identifying multiple solutions will take your mind away from the problem and focus it on other things.
Ask yourself, are you in charge, or is it your brain? While technically, our brain does all the work, we can still stop overthinking by putting our foot down.
Enough is enough, so let’s try something else entirely.
Another way to stop overthinking is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique that teaches you how to be aware of the present moment. You put aside all past and future-time worries and focus on the now.
With mindfulness techniques, you can reduce overthinking and create an environment where your mind isn’t constantly racing.
However, this isn’t a one-time thing. You can’t simply implement a mindfulness strategy and expect to see results instantly.
It takes time to become the baster of your mind. But once you get in the habit, you will have an easier time beating anxiety, overthinking, fear, and worry.
There are plenty of mindfulness techniques and strategies to help you stop overthinking and start doing. While we will leave it up to you, know that nothing comes if you don’t do the work.
Ignore Your Past and Embrace the Moment
A tip similar to the previous one, overthinkers are people who can’t let go of the past. They keep focusing on what could have been instead of what is. Overthinkers fail to realize that the past is gone, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
But one thing we can do is embrace the moment and live in it. Embracing the moment is another effective strategy to quit worrying. Even if you’re facing problems at work and need to come up with a solution, it’s the way you think that is the problem.
Since you’re stuck in the past, you can’t see forward. So again, this isn’t a solution if you need an answer right now. But it can help better prepare you for the future.
That concludes the five tips to get you to stop overthinking and start doing. While plenty of people overthink, some more than others, it can be a destructive habit you need to get away from fast.
We hope these five tips help get the job done.
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