Have you noticed yourself constantly
living “inside your head,” or do you
ever notice yourself replaying an
experience over and over in your head?
Rumination creates negativity and a toxic
mindset which can lead to anxiety and
depression. Often, we do not realize
this overthinking process is occurring;
it is almost as if it were an automatic response.
When we overthink things, we are causing
tons of extra unnecessary stress for ourselves.
We begin to pick apart our entire day and life,
questioning our every move and motive. It can
become debilitating to someone who is always
so stuck living in the past and trying to fix something
that really doesn’t even need to be fixed. Stress is
caused from the nerves and panic we induce onto
ourselves when we begin to overthink our actions.
I encourage you to foster the lifestyle of living fully
aware in the present moment. Furthermore, as you
notice the here and now, do so without judgment,
see it for what it is with acceptance, and invite yourself
to be kind to yourself. You can do this by being mindful
of your present life and asking yourself what is occurring
right now? Consider what you see, hear, smell, and touch
in the present moment with focused awareness. Initially,
this new practice may feel uncomfortable. You will learn
to separate yourself from the negativity and toxicity of the
negative thought pattern.
Every time you feel yourself drifting off and wondering
what you could, should, or would have done, take a step
back. Take in a deep breath, and force yourself to avoid
being trapped inside your head. You have to be mindful
that you can’t change the past. Try to do an activity to
distract yourself that takes a lot of brain power like reading
a book or doing a puzzle. You can also try yoga or meditation.
Keeping yourself active is a great way to stay out of your head.
Changing your scenery is another great
method to help mindfully stop overthinking.
If you are around negative energy, move yourself
to positive energy or a positive area. This can also
play part with mindfully using all your senses.
Take a deep breath, and use each and every sense
you have to examine the area you are surrounded with.
Keep your mind busy with the different sounds, patterns,
smells, and energy that is around you. You can create
your own positive energy too!
We all have our own unique characteristics and flaws.
If you are mindful of that fact then you will realize
there isn’t a need to question how something could
have been done better.
You don’t want to wake up one day and realize you
missed so many beautiful opportunities all because
you have been living in the past. Life is enough stressful
already; there is no need to add to it.
It’s not always easy to get through this yourself. Let me
help you by teaching you mindfulness techniques that will
help overcome the overthinking.