Life Mental Health Awareness

Tips on How to Reduce Over-Thinking

  1. Get Active. Thinking about it more, only causes more stress. It does not fix the issue. So instead of constantly wiring your brain around this problem that is bothering you, go on a walk, or do some other physical activity to distract your mind and sweat off the stress.
  2. Think back on the cause of the problem. Ask yourself, “What is making me stress about this so much?”, “What is so bad about this problem, that it is constantly occupying my mind?” Once you find the reason as to why you are so worried about this problem, find a way to solve it. For example, if you are overthinking a conversation you had with a friend, and they have been acting differently ever since, you may be wondering if you have offended them in any way. Instead of worrying and trying to replay all the things you said in your head that might’ve offended them, reach out to them and ask if you said anything that upset them. Communication is very important. If you don’t communicate, your brain will continue to overthink.
  3. Reach out for different opinions. Most times, our brain perceives a problem to be far more serious than it actually is. Therefore, I suggest viewing the problem through someone else’s eyes. If someone else were to listen to you explain the situation to them, would they perceive it to be as serious as you are? In most cases, the answer is no. This is why it helps to reach out. Explain this problem to one of your friends, a family member, or a sibling. They may be able to explain and open your eyes to realize why the problem may not be as big of a deal. 
  4. This one may sound cliche, but keep yourself busy. A lot of the time, we find ourselves overthinking situations that aren’t even meant to be overthought, when we have nothing to do or a lot of free time to spend alone. Go out (obviously when the pandemic has calmed down), call a friend, clean a room in your house, do some chores, read a book, organize your closet, etc. Occupy your mind with other things so that you don’t have time to be in your head and create problems that weren’t even there to begin with. 
  5. Stay off your phone. Many times, we begin overthinking situations that we see online. When you stay off your phone, you will occupy your mind with other things you enjoy. Some ideas could be trying a new hobby, writing a novel, painting a portrait, or anything else that fits your likes and hobbies. When you are occupying your brain with things you enjoy, it keeps your mind off potential problems you may begin overthinking about if you were just scrolling through your feed on instagram or reading tweets on twitter.

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