How To Stop Overthinking

Are you prone to negative thinking, or do you over-analyze to the point that you stress yourself out? If so, here are tips for silencing the negativity.

By Robin Westen from ThirdAge.com

Stop Obsessing© Stockbyte/Thinkstock Are you guilty of overthinking?
Research shows that 52 percent of women mull things over and over before making a move. But thinking too much can trap the brain in a worry cycle, explains psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD. When you find yourself going round-and-round over an issue, try using some of these tips:

Get a second opinion. You’re used to going it alone, but the old adage two heads are better than one is a good mantra for you.

Look for distractions. When you begin overthinking, get up and change places. Studies show that a new vantage point can be enough to shake you out of a fruitless thought process.

Keep a handwritten stop sign
on your desk or bathroom mirror. Visual clues can cut down on excessive thinking.

Envision a happy ending. Praying or meditating on a positive outcome will block confusing or negative thoughts.

Steer clear of worry buddies, friends who tend to overthink things just as you do. Reaching out to a positive thinker will help you think positively, too.

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Robin Westen writes about health for national magazines.

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    • http://www.yogatreesf.com/ Cooper Heyes

      Meditation can be very useful. There’s more to it than thinking positive thoughts too. Avoid negative feelings, and calmly take time to organize your thoughts. Less clutter in your thoughts equals less problematic distractions to plague your decision-making skills.