Addiction can be defined as not being able to stop something that harms us. When we view it in stripped-down terms, we begin to see areas in our lives where addiction might be present – with overthinking being one of them.
Overthinking is so common that we don’t recognize how harmful it is. Living in our minds keeps us distracted from what matters in life. In this blog, we will go over ways to stop overthinking in its tracks and connect to the present.
Connect with Yourself
Being stuck in your mind cuts you off from the rest of your body. Increased tension, headaches, anxiety, and restlessness can appear without you being fully aware that your mind is causing it. When our attention is stuck in our heads, we lose touch with our capacity to feel deeply.
Being conscious of your body is a great first step in escaping an overthinking cycle. When you feel grounded, connected, and in touch with how you’re feeling emotionally, it’s hard to stay trapped in your thoughts. To me, being present means that I am aware of my entire body.
Take a Breather
The world is fascinating. But this fascination can slowly turn to worry, especially since we’re so easily bombarded with news and information. It is difficult to not feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information we absorb every single day.
The thing is, the worry and overthinking we put ourselves through won’t prepare us for disappointment or tragedy in life. We are simply causing ourselves unnecessary suffering. The next time you feel yourself spiralling, take a step back, take a few deep breaths, drink some water, have a snack, hug someone you love, and continue forward.
Overthinking and Self-Doubt
When we’re busy doubting ourselves, we tend to watch and criticize everything we say and do. This activity alone overstimulates the mind and we get lost in overanalyzing ourselves.
It’s interesting to point out that self-doubt is fear-based. Whether there is fear of making a mistake or how you’re perceived, it’s important to stay with it. Question where the fear is coming from and your feelings around it. Working with a counsellor can also help greatly in understanding deep-rooted feelings.
When fear is held with spacious awareness and compassion, it tends to soften and expand. As this happens, you won’t feel so contracted anymore. Your mind is able to find peace on its own.
Overthinking can be a bad habit, causing us unwanted negative feelings and self-doubt. It’s up to you to break the cycle. Whether it’s through movement, speaking with a therapist, or finding a soothing hobby, you are worth the investment. Try new things and discover what works for you! You are deserving of a calm and peaceful headspace.