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As we walk through December, there are a couple of things we need to put right before we dive into 2021! So, today let’s find and mend one of the most common habit that does more harm than good.
What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live?
What I’m throwing light on is the irresistible need to overthink. Yes, overthinking kills happiness and dreams.
We tend to overthink every little problem until it looks bigger and scarier in our minds than it actually is. We overthink positive things until they don’t look so positive anymore. Now, thinking things through is a good approach, of course. But getting lost in a sort of overthinking disorder can result in becoming someone who stands still in life.
Even I tend to overthink things and situations. And I know this is fairly common among most of us. But overthinking just overcomplicates the simple things in life.
So, today I'd like to share some habits that have proved to help in a big, big way to become a simpler and smarter thinker and thereby, live a happier and less stressful life.
1. So, when you’re continuously thinking about something, ask yourself: Will this matter to me a few years down the lane, or maybe even a few weeks?
When you’ll answer this, you will realize that this helps you widen your perspective and direct your time and energy towards things that truly matter to you.
2. Set short term goals.
Thinking of something far off and blurry in the future does not help in achieving the nearing things. It is better to focus on the small steps that we can take each day to get closer to the real goal. This way all you’ll have to think through will be your ‘to-do list’ for the day.
3. Get a great start to the day.
The thoughts that we allow to flow in early in the morning tend to stay in there throughout the day. So, why not fill these thoughts with something that is motivating and simple.
4. Stop thinking and start acting.
This is the key to kill the habit of overthinking. Thinking through and through pushes you into a shell of procrastination. It is not necessary to have figured out the entire way before you get started.
5. You cannot control everything.
Why to waste our energy and time on things we cannot control? There are ups and downs to any path we choose to tread and the right approach of dealing with them is to accept them. Accept the situations as they come and see what you can do next. Thinking about what ‘should’ have happened does not help what ‘can’ happen.
6. Realize and stop when you are caught.
You will catch your mind doing the destructive habit of overthinking. Stop yourself then and there. Take a few deep breaths and start with what you can do today. Let go off all the thoughts you have reserved for tomorrow and the days to come.
So, to sum up, I know it is easier said than done. But it is never too late to start, right? Let’s put this ‘slaying of overthinking’ into practice and let persistence and time do the wonders. Over a period of time, you will realize that your mind is making space for the worthy thoughts to flow in.
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