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6 Tips To Stop You Overthinking

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Most people are guilty of overthinking once in a while; some people just can’t seem to stop the constant flow of thoughts coming into their head. It can sometimes feel like an monologue is going on in their head which usually includes two destructive thought patterns—contemplating and worrying.

Contemplating can involve rehashing the past:

  • I shouldn’t have spoken my mind in the meeting today.
  • I should have made a different career choice. I would be much happier now if I had made a different decision.
  • I should have taken action and followed my dreams, now I feel like it is too late.

Worrying usually involves negative predictions about the future:

  • Why even bother following my passion. What will happen if I fail?
  • This month is going to be a real struggle to pay the bills, I don’t know if I can hit my targets in work.
  • I just have no idea what am I doing with my life. What is the point of even working harder in work? I have no goals, plans or even direction for my future.

People who overthink about life don’t just use words to contemplate their lives. Usually, they will conjure up negative images too. They may envision a negative situation happening in work or at home. By overthinking they are holding themselves back from taking positive action and being more productive.

How To Stop Overthinking

Putting an end to worrying and contemplating about the past and second-guessing the future, can be sometimes easier said than done. But with some practice, you can limit your negative thought patterns and stop overthinking:

1. Be Aware When You Are Thinking Too Much

Having more awareness is the first vital step in putting an end to overthinking. Start paying more attention to the way you think. If you notice yourself replaying events in your mind over and over again, or worrying about things out of your control, acknowledge that your thoughts are not being productive for you.

 

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2. Challenge Your Thoughts

It can sometimes be easy to get carried away and feel swamped by negative thoughts. Learn to see and replace negative thinking before it overwhelms you.

3. Focus On Active Problem-Solving

Dwelling on your problems is neither helpful nor productive for you, but looking for possible solutions is. Ask yourself what action steps can you take to learn from a mistake or avoid any future problem. Change your mindset, Instead of asking why something happened, ask yourself what you can do about it to avoid it happening again in the future.

4. Take Time To Reflect

Going over problems in your head for long periods of time is not productive, but some brief time reflecting can be very helpful. Thinking about how you could do things differently in the future or recognizing potential pitfalls can be really helpful for you do better in the future. Include 10 – 20 minutes of “thinking time” into your daily schedule. Use a journal and write your thoughts on paper. During this “thinking time” time, let yourself worry and contemplate whatever it is that you you want. When the time is finished, move onto something more productive. If you notice yourself overthinking outside of your scheduled “thinking time”, remind yourself that you will think about it later.

 

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5. Live In The Moment

It is impossible to worry about yesterday or think about tomorrow if you are totally living in the present. Commit yourself to become more aware of the here and now. Mindfulness can take practice, but over time, it will be a great help to you from overthinking.

6. Change Your Habits

Telling yourself to stop overthinking about something can sometimes highlight it even more. The more you try to avoid negative thinking from entering you brain, the more likely it is to penetrate your thoughts. Try to keep yourself busy with a more productive activity is a great way for you to stop overthinking. Read a book, exercise, have a conversation with a positive friend, or start working on a project that will distract your mind from any bombardment of overthinking and negative thoughts.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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