1) WRITE DOWN WHAT YOUR THINKING
This way your thoughts are right in front of you and you can visually see what’s going on – also enabling you to put a visual solution to a difficult thought. For example, can you really solve a difficult algebra question in your head? or would writing it down be a whole lot easier? You get my point.
2) PRIORITIZE YOUR THOUGHTS
If you think of everything all at once, you’ll waste your time, you’ll be unproductive and confuse yourself as the hours go by. Pick one or two major issues you want to calmly focus on. Don’t worry, you’ll have time to come back to the rest.
3) DON'T OBSESS OVER YOUR THOUGHTS
If your obsessing over your thoughts, you’re being mentally clingy and suffocating your "brain cells." If you can’t figure something out, let it go and pick it up later. Maybe your mind is not ready to deal with the idea or the issue in that moment. Maybe your emotions are getting in the way. Obsessing over your thoughts is like quick sand, it will pull you down and paralyze you neck up. Give your thoughts and your mind some breathing room so you can go back with a clear view.
4) REPLACE "WHAT IF" WITH "WE'LL SEE"
The question What If sounds fearful and will ignite your imagined fears and anxiety causing unnecessary paranoia. The truth is, you will NEVER know so don’t waste your energy on things that are naturally out of your control.
Also, don't make excuses to entertain your worries. What for? Instead, tell yourself - We'll See. We'll See and apposed to What If sounds a lot more hopeful, confident, calm, reassuring and should decrease your anxiousness and anxiety. Try it next time!
5) OVER THINKING LEADS TO OVER WORRYING
And over worrying leads to making bad assumptions, paranoia stress and impulsive decisions. When you over think, you allow your body to produce negative reactions. You drown yourself in worry and live a fear-based life. Snip this habit in the bud. Replace over thinking with acceptance. Accept the moment and the unknown - the universe is working on a solution for you. All you need to do is relax your mind. Don't bask in your worries. Don't let it become a bad addiction, not to mention it's a huge time waster and a lousy habit. When we constantly stress, our bodies release stress hormones which can cause low energy, ulcers, hypertension, messes with our metabolic process, decreases the testosterone levels in men and causes irregular menstrual cycles in women which are amongst only a few of the problems.
6) DON'T EXPECT THE WORSE
When you entertain the worse – it’s like replaying a horror movie over and over again. This is very unhealthy and can affect your emotions, mood, spirit and well being as explained above. If you’re always on edge, grouchy or moody, maybe it’s not the people around you, but the side effects of your fears. Learn to let go and trust in the process. When you imagine the worse possible scenario, that's exactly what your attracting. Your mind is very powerful.
7) DO THE OPPOSITE
When you start to think too much, detach and do the opposite of thinking. Try relaxing your mind by doing some yoga, exercise, listen to music, cook with friends, watch a funny video, make something with your hands, dance, sing out loud in the shower, go for coffee with a co-worker and so on. Treat yourself on a daily basis. Your overworked mind needs some down time.
8) SWITCH TASKS
When your mind takes over like a dark storm, shut your thoughts out by listening and giving attention to something or someone else. Love. Laugh. Show Compassion. By doing this, you’re allowing your own thoughts to cool down, while you step out of your head for a few hours. No one wants to live in their head – so step outside the cerebral box once in a while. Your friends probably miss you!
9) EXPRESS YOURSELF
When you simply can’t solve an issue – find a trusted friend and seek advice. New perspectives can help you sort through your cluttered thoughts and save you a lot of time. You’re not alone.
10) CLOCK YOURSELF
Take notice of how much time you waste on thinking verses doing. If your actions are not speaking louder than your mental thoughts, then you’re over thinking and I’d go back and read # 5.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences!