I do find it hard to shut off my brain at any given moment, I felt exhausted and anxious because of my thoughts and possibly in that moment of time I was probably a chronic overthinker, and unfortunately overthinking for me has become a global epidemic, as we live complicated times that requires so much brainpower and taking my responsibilites out of control such as EMOTIONAL TRAUMA’S and other associated problems in my mind that leave my mind in a state of overdrive.
Signs that were trapped in my mind: Of overthinking situations.
I was trapped in my own mind with regular insomnia, we as overthinkers have major difficultly with sleep pattern. Insomnia had taken hold of me and it seemed in possible to switch off my brain, the thoughts were slowly paralzing me, my mind was constantly racing and I felt to wired to sleep, all my worries from the day kept flooding my mind, and it felt like I couldn’t escape from this mental prison.
Guidance: If this sounds like your overthinking try relaxing your mind
Try doing relaxing activities before bedtime this really helped me to relax my mind.
Meditating, colouring, drawing, writing, reading, or even talking to a loved one.
Doing something that takes your mind off your thoughts and onto something else that allows your creativity and emotions to come to the surface.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE ISN’T IT
I extremely found this so difficult at first and was constantly living in fearful situations and If you live in fear of the future in which I did, then you are definitely trapped in your own mind.
I did some research, and I found that this fear causes overthinkers some not all including myself, turn to alcohol and mainly drugs in order to drown their negative thoughts.
I started overanalyzing everything and for overthinkers that is the main problem, I needed to control everything,
I wanted to plan out the future, but because I couldn’t predict it, it caused a great deal of my anxiety. I didn’t like dealing with anything That I couldn’t control I had a major fear of the unknown, in which caused me to sit and mull over all the options instead of taking action.
When I found myself over thinking , I tried to bring myself back to the present moment through deep breaths and thinking about something that relax’s me. I tried to think about those thoughts serving me in the present moment, and how this alone should get rid of them, as you’ll find that they do nothing for you but cause great stress.
Fearing of failure is my biggest stress of all, as an overthinker I also had an incessant desire for perfection in everything I did.
I couldn’t accept failure, and I would do everything in my power to avoid it, ironically, this usually involves doing nothing at all, fear paralyzed my overthinking, so instead of risking failure, and I would rather not put myself in a position at all.
Remember: that you are so much more than your mistakes and failures, and also keep in mind that to get anywhere in life, you have to make mistakes. These allow you to grow, learn, and reach new heights.
I was always making the wrong decision, so I would take a very long time to make a choice, because I didn’t trust myself, I was completely out of touch with intuition, so every decision comes from the brain, and this wasn’t always a good thing. My brain went completely foggy and bogged down that I couldn’t make a clear decision, then that definitely over lead to my overthinking.
Learning to trust your intuition, and go with your gut, if it turns out negatively , at least you’ll have learned from the experience, and have more life lessons under your belt.
I was suffering regular headaches, I was thinking to much. My headaches was a signal to my body that I needed a break, that I needed a lot of rest from my mind, also I needed to pay close attention to my thoughts, that I was thinking the same things over and over.
As a worrier I tended to have negative thought patterns that ran in a loop, I tried to reinforce positive thoughts instead, I spent time trying to breath and focusing on mindfulness, and realising the headaches went away in no time.
Believe it or Believe it not, my overthinking affected my whole body with physical aches and pains which left me feeling exhausted and lethargic.
I was feeling tired regularly, and this called for an action plan on my part. My body wanted to tune in and listen to the signals, and instead of constantly going from one activity to the next and ignoring it’s calls. While fatigue can be caused by doing too much and not taking a rest, my overthinking that also caused exhaustion. I thought about it [as trying not to think too hard about it] I thought about things constantly, over and over, not giving my mind a rest.
Remember: your mind cannot run 24/7 as you will eventually get burnt out.
If we are feeling fatigued, we need to slow down and figure out what our body and mind need from us :]
I couldn’t even stay in the present moment and enjoy life as it came, and it felt like I became a victim of overthinking . I was thinking to much that caused me to lose focus of the world around me, and I became trapped in my own mind. Becoming bogged down with my thoughts that was removing me from the now, which disrupted my relationships with others.
Remember: to open your mind and heart to the world around you, and that is what I tried to learn and I tried not to get to wrapped up in negative thinking. I only tried to allow thoughts into my brain that served my well-being, and tried to ignore the ones that brought me down,
Life offers you so much beauty and the opportunity for incredible experiences, but you can only appreciate this if you learn to tune out of your brain and into your heart instead.
Also in relationships with others can help to silence those negative thoughts. When I was paying attention to others, I had given myself a break therefore putting the focus on someone else. Learning to truly listen to others, trying to bond with them, and asking them questions about their lives.
We can stop this chronic overthinking problem together by forming communities again, and learning to support and connect with one another.
I started to focus on doing things that made me feel good and encourage me to remain active.
You can start an exercise program, join groups to connect with like-minded people in your community, start eating healthy foods, and having a mindfulness practice, and most importantly, learn to cultivate a positive relationship with yourself. I started to look at my thoughts as tools to help me grow, not as enemies that hindered my progress.
As Anthony hopkins said: We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think, Think, Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. “It’s death trap”
3 Techniques to stop overthinking immediately:
1, CONNECT WITH NATURE.
If we don’t live or work in nature, then we need this the most. Taking time to get out in nature, could mean going to a lunch break in a park, or going on a vacation to get away. Anything you can do to strengthen our bond with nature will greatly benefit our minds and stop overthinking immediately.
Getting out in nature I love to do focusing on the the beauty in the trees, a leaf, a waterfall, the sky, and mountains, a lake or whatever I gravitate towards. This will immediately stop your mind. When you allow yourself to do this, you will find that you will think more clearly throughout the day.
2. REPEAT PEACEFUL WORDS TO YOURSELF.
I paid attention to my brain at this very moment… having what kind of thoughts I observe Most likely I noticed that the majority of my thoughts centred around me what someone said that made me angry, or even degrading thoughts about myself.
Don’t feel bad, though with so much negativity around us, maintaining a consistent positive mindset isn’t always easy. However, you can actually counter the negative words and overthinking of peaceful words.
This is for a good reason, when we meditate, we stop the flow of overthinking and negative thoughts bombarding your consciousness every second, and instead move into space where stillness takes precedence.
My examples: are Peace, Love, Light,. It’s ok. Life is good I’m okay.
Because that is all that really matters in my world, our whole world, Love, Peace and above all else happiness.