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Do you ever find yourself playing things over and over in your head, like an embarrassing moment? Or do you worry about things that haven’t happened? That’s overthinking, and it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress if you don’t get it under control.
Some people think about the dumb things they said over the course of the day and it can even keep you from sleeping. Most of the time, you’re creating more stress by thinking about things because most of what we overthink about doesn’t end up happening. We’re not solving our problems, we’re just causing ourselves undue stress, lying awake at night for no good reason.
Tips to Stop Overthinking
There are lots of ways to work on overthinking. Here’s one: set a timer for five minutes and let yourself think about anything you want. Then for ten minutes, write down all the things you thought of. Rip up the paper and throw that sucker in the trash, because that’s what you need to do with your overactive thoughts! Think about them, give them their space to run, then release them.
Another tip is to make yourself think about good things instead of negative things. Work hard to focus and refocus on the positive. Don’t get negative thoughts and space at all to creep in.
No matter what, figure out what’s causing you to overthink and nip it in the bud. Talk to your friends, siblings, or parents about your overthinking. Talking helps a lot, and if the issue that concerns you is real, the people who love you can help you solve them. But nothing will happen if you don’t talk about it!