Among other things, overthinking can cause great harm to your physical health as well.
Overthinking is a habit that can harm your physical health as well, besides causing mental exhaustion, as it may lead to anxiety, stress, and paranoia. And since it often feels out of your control, here are some things you can try to give your mind a breather.
1. Distract yourself
Understand that overthinking is a counter-productive habit that will lead you nowhere. To escape the trap, you can distract yourself when your mind becomes too loud by engaging in an activity that you really enjoy. Go outdoors, cycle or sprint. Do some dancing. Learn a new culinary skill. Basically, anything that flexes your mind muscles.
2. Breathe and meditate
When you feel you’re losing control over your life, step back and breathe. Know that you are still in control and all you have to do is quieten your mind. This is when meditation and yoga can help. Find yourself a quiet spot and breathe. When done daily, it is guaranteed to clear your brain clutter.
3. Help someone else
When you feel you are spiraling out of control, do something nice for someone else so you can get a fresh perspective of life and get back on track. When you make someone else’s day brighter, it gives you a strange sense of power. You realise you are worthy and enough.
4. Think about your successes
It is difficult to think about your accomplishments when your mind is riddled with negativity but try. Take a moment and think about what you have achieved; they can be minor achievements, but you probably had a role to play.
5. Forgive yourself
If it’s a past mistake that is eating you up, know that you are only a human being trying to do your best in life and that mistakes are a part of the deal. Learn to let go, and be easy on yourself.
6. Seek help
Do not fight alone. You are allowed to show your vulnerabilities and seek help. Go to a family member or a friend and pour your heart out. Better yet, seek professional help.