Anthony Hopkins clearly explained- “We are dying from overthinking.” All of us are being slowly killed by our own self thinking about everything. The human mind is not to be trusted- it is actually a death trap. Infact, a research done by Susan Nolen-Hoekesema, a psychologist at the University of Michigan said that overthinking is a problem that affects upto 73% of all young and middle-aged adults.
Infact, around 57% of women and 43% of men admit that they tend to overthink, which is scary simply because overthinking can make the human mind seem like a cage. Are you one of these people? Read below to know how to avoid the pitfalls of overthinking.
11 quotes to quell overthinking.
#1: “You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.”
#2: “Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try!”
#3: “Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.”
#4: “Overthinking – the art of creating problems that weren’t even there.”
#5: “There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.”
#6: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
#7: “Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be.”
#8: “Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night. I need sleep.”
#9: “Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness.”
#10: “Don’t ruin a new day by thinking about yesterday. Let it go.”
#11: “A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.”
3 techniques to prevent or alleviate overthinking.
#1: Utilize nature.
Simply just walking through a park or spending some time in a natural environment can help strengthen your connection with nature and help your mind focus on more important things rather than worry about unnecessary little things.
#2: Think and feel peaceful.
Thinking about peaceful words and speaking them aloud to yourself is another effective way to overcome negative thoughts that tend to cloud a lot of people’s minds. This can be particularly helpful at times when you’re feeling stressed- speaking out or thinking words like peace, love, light can help. In fact, practicing this technique can help you focus more on what is important which can help you temporarily forget about the insignificant little details.
#3: Practice meditation or mindfulness.
Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques to stop overthinking right in its tracks. It is a way to help induce more positive and productive thinking techniques. If meditation isn’t something that you’re comfortable with, mindful thinking or yoga can help, since both of them tend to slow down your thought process and help you focus on what you should.