Over thinking comes natural to me. Present me with an idea and hear the cogs of my mind turn as it creates an ever-growing cloud of scenarios.
The greatest challenge I find with being an overthinker is living in the moment. Take having a conversation with a friend as an example. Rather than listening and enjoying what they have to say I’ll find myself asking the following questions;
- Why are they saying it in that tone of voice?
- Why did they chose the words they spoke and not another collection?
- What are they really trying to say?
- What’s their body language saying?
These are just a handful of questions that flash through my mind in a matter of moments. If you’re riddle with the curse of over thinking too, don’t despair, there are simple disciplines you can adopt. Here are my favourites;
Concentrate of your breathing. Totally focus on breathing in and then breathing out. Not only does this quiet the mind instantly, but it also has a calming effect. What’s more you can do this anytime any place!
Meditating every day gives you the benefit of observing your thoughts which gives you a better idea of where they come from. And from this clearing the mind becomes easier. Start by mediating for just 5 minutes every day.
When the mind is racing uncontrollably, say stop either out loud or in your head. Sometimes we just need a shock to bring us back to the here and now.
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