How to Stop Overthinking — A Guide for the Mind

How to Stop Overthinking

Understanding overthinking and its benefits

Overcoming the obsessive loop of overthinking

Stop criticizing yourself

Don’t let negative memories affect your mood

Let go of what other people think about you

Writing it Down

Take a break, and go outside

Practice Mindfulness

  • Meditate for 10 minutes each morning-Find a quiet place, sit in a comfortable position, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and focus on your breathing for about 10 minutes. This will help you clear your mind of stress and calm yourself down. If 10 minutes seems like too much time for you (it does for me!), start with 3 or 5 minutes every day; eventually, you’ll be able to sit through an entire meditation session without being distracted by stressful thoughts.
  • Take deep breaths before stressful situations to calm yourself down. Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of seven, then exhale for a count of eight. Repeat until you feel calm again.
  • Practice yoga
  • Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach when feeling anxious
  • Eat slowly instead of mindlessly grabbing snacks when hungry

Cherish your present moments




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