This article is a compilation of my favorite mental tricks to help you stop overthinking everything. It is not a comprehensive list of them, but you may find it helpful.
Overthinking is a common reaction to what we perceive to be a problem. For example, a car crash is what we perceive it to be. We believe it to be bad, so we overthink. When a car crash takes out a person, we think the person is dead because we overthink. What we think about before any event, including a car crash, is less important than what we think about afterward. And that’s where a lot of psychological tricks come in.
As a part of our “Overthinking 101” series we’ve looked at the many mental tricks that we use to help our mind not overthink the world around us. You can think about things more slowly, think about them longer, think about some things more than others, and think about how you feel in a different way. You can also think about other things in the same way.
When we think about what might happen, we often over think it. We start to think the worst, the worst, the worst, and then we start to think the worst, the worst, the worst, and then we start to think the worst. That cycle seems to go on and on and then we end up just thinking about the worst. As a result, we end up believing the worst of the worst or other negative things.
One thing that often helps you to control your thoughts better is to practice mindfulness meditation. It’s a meditation that has been linked to a reduction of anxiety and depression. It can also help you to think less, so you don’t have to think so much. Here are other mental tricks that can help you to stop overthinking.
The biggest tip for me is to keep a journal. Not a book, but a journal or a notebook with a pen and paper. I write down my thoughts on a regular basis and then I can easily go back and add to them to make sure they dont fall out of my head. I write down everything I do and I write everything I think and I can add things that I want to remember to my journal.
I dont just journal for my own sake. I also journal to keep my mind active, clear, and organized. I also use it as a way to focus my mind when I’m on my laptop. Once I’m in my car, I can take a break from everything and just go and re-read the things I wrote down on my notebook.
The most common mental trick that is used to overcome overthinking is “associating” things. When we associate a word with a situation, thought, or idea, it tends to stick with us. I know this because I use this technique quite often when I’m on the internet (e.g. when I’m trying to find something to write about). The difference between this technique and other techniques is that it does not require a lot of mental effort on my part.
The other technique that I use a lot of is to visualize something. This technique can be used to overcome a lot of what I call “over-thinking.” When I’m trying to think about something, it’s easy for me to assume I already know what I’m trying to ask for. But if I visualize it, I can avoid this over-thinking. This is especially effective when I’m writing.
The main reason I’m writing this now is because I want to show you that I’m not the only one who uses visualization for this purpose. Here’s a link to the first article I wrote called “11 Mental Tricks to Stop Overreaching Your Mind.