Pump the Brakes on Overthinking to Arrive at Inner Peace

Nov 23, 2022

The holiday season is a fun time for most, for many, they dread the number of demands and worries that come with this time of year. Compound that with the high number of companies laying off workers, the rising tide of inflation, and the divisive political climate that many countries are experiencing around the world.

 

How do you combat the fears of what may happen next? 

Are you overthinking to the point of paralysis and fear?    

Is your mind filled with so many thoughts that you don't know what to do next or how to handle it? If overthinking is causing you to struggle, you'll be glad to know that it's possible to find mental peace again. 

Meditation was the key for me to calm a racing mind that never seemed to want to shut off. Here are a few techniques that can help you to calm your mind, achieve greater focus, and find the direction that is right for you! 

Use these techniques to help quiet your mind and experience greater inner peace:

1. Avoid obsessing about completely silencing the mind. You may wish that you could stop your thoughts altogether. However, this isn't the best tactic for dealing with overthinking.    

* The more you try to stop thinking, the more your thoughts will flow. The opposite of what you want actually starts to happen. 

2. Understand that you'll always have thoughts. All human beings have thoughts. Recognize this is a normal process. Although you can learn to silence your mind in certain situations, you can achieve great peace by learning to take control of what you think, instead.

3. Avoid judging your thoughts. It's tempting to get upset if you have negative thoughts or emotions. You may be quick to judge and try to squash them. 

* Instead of judging and criticizing your thoughts, accept them for normal human emotions. Acknowledge them and then move on. Learn to love your mind. This will help your mind calm down because you won't be fighting internally.

* Remember, you wouldn't be able to appreciate the positive thoughts if you never had negative ones.  

4. Try to stay present. Overthinking often comes because you're worried about the future or regret something that has already happened. You allow stress and anxiety to take over. You start imagining different outcomes, with most of them being negative, and you start living in fear.

* If you stay in the present moment, then fear can't take over, and overthinking isn't an issue. You're able to focus on what you have to do each day to survive and thrive. 

5. Be okay with the world. The word okay doesn't mean perfection. It also doesn't mean awful. It's the balance between positive and negative. It's the thin line between them that allows you to find mental peace. 

* Being okay also means that you learn to accept what is happening in your life. 

* Being okay may mean that you learn to love where you're at and what you're doing right now. You learn to appreciate what you have and the people around you. It's important to find gratitude in the little things. 

* You don't have to pretend that negative things don't exist, but you can avoid focusing on them. Center your attention on appreciating life.  

Your thoughts can save you, but don’t let them control you, because they have the power to destroy you, if you allow it. 

 

Your mind can be a busy place, so it's important to learn ways to deal effectively with some of the thoughts.  Try these strategies to help you deal with your overthinking so you can find inner peace.   

  

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