We often think we have more control than we actually do, so we worry and hope we can somehow influence the outcome, but we can’t always control what we want. When things are out of your control, you have to find a way to cope with the feelings or you risk stress and burn-out. The Worry no more workbook can help you reflect on your worries and find ways for you to cope with your thoughts. Click to read and get your free workbook today. #stressless #freeworkbook #livefully #mindfulness

5 Steps to Stop Overthinking and Start Living

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It’s human nature to overthink. We are afraid to make the wrong decisions, so we try to take control by overthinking.  Unfortunately, overthinking doesn’t guarantee that we make the right decision; if anything, it can cause stress and anxiety, so we have to find a way to stop overthinking and start living.

Here are five steps to help you stop overthinking and start living today!

1 Let go of perfection

Perfection doesn’t exist, so why waste energy on trying to achieve something that isn’t possible? Teach yourself that good is okay too.

It’s human nature to overthink. We are afraid to make the wrong decisions, so we try to take control by overthinking.  Unfortunately, overthinking doesn’t guarantee that we make the right decision; if anything, it can cause stress and anxiety. Click to read our post with five steps to stop overthinking and start living now! #worry #stress #anxiety #overthinking #livefully #stressless #healthyliving

If you are an overachiever this may take some time, but little steps add up to big progress.  Something that has helped me a lot is making a mistake on purpose and see what happens.  Nobody gets angry, the world is still spinning and nobody thinks less of me.

2 Set a deadline

If you have a tough decision to make, set yourself a deadline. A deadline stops you from overthinking, you give yourself time and that’s it, be strict; the shorter the deadline the better.

We often think we have more control than we actually do, so we worry and hope we can somehow influence the outcome, but we can’t always control what we want. When things are out of your control, you have to find a way to cope with the feelings or you risk stress and burn-out. The Worry no more workbook can help you reflect on your worries and find ways for you to cope with your thoughts. Click to read the post and stop overthinking and start living in the present. #stressless #freeworkbook #livefully #mindfulness

3 Start living in the here and now

It’s okay to have goals and a plan for the future, but today is important too. The future will happen, no matter how much you overthink. Make sure you don’t miss your life by looking ahead and focus on what’s going on today.

The same goes for the past, we can’t change the past no matter how much we overthink mistakes we made. Find a way to forgive yourself and move on.

A meditation exercise like a body scan is a great tool to stay in the here and now and get out of your head, back in your body.

4 Allow yourself to have fun

Having fun is just as important as work and responsibilities. We need to wind down after a busy day, or we risk burn-out.  If it’s hard for you to have fun try to schedule ‘fun’ time, you’ll see it will go easier once you see the benefits.

We often think we have more control than we actually do, so we worry and hope we can somehow influence the outcome, but we can’t always control what we want. When things are out of your control, you have to find a way to cope with the feelings or you risk stress and burn-out. The Worry no more workbook can help you reflect and find ways for you to stop worrying and start living in the present. Click to read post and grab your free workbook today. #stressless #freeworkbook #livefully #mindfulness

5 Write down your worries

Writing down your worries can help you to stop overthinking. Every time you feel stress about something, or you experience a thought that keeps bugging you, write it down.  At the end of the day look at all your worries and reflect on them.

1. Do I have control over this situation? If Yes, what can I do right now to fix this?
2. If no, tell yourself it’s outside your control and there is no point worrying about it.

Give yourself a maximum of 10-15 minutes to reflect on your worries. When the time is up, focus on other things. If you start to worry again, tell yourself you have used up your minutes for today and refocus on what you were doing.

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Write your worries away, stop overthinking so you can start living the life you want!

We often think we have more control than we actually do, so we worry and hope we can somehow influence the outcome, but we can’t always control what we want. When things are out of your control, you have to find a way to cope with the feelings or you risk stress and burn-out. The Worry no more workbook can help you reflect on your worries and find ways for you to cope with your thoughts. Click to grab your free workbook and stop overthinking and start living. #stressless #freeworkbook #livefully #mindfulness

Final thoughts

We often think we have more control than we actually do, so we worry and hope we can somehow influence the outcome, but we can’t always control what we want. We have some control, but we are also dependent on others, life, and more.

When things are out of your control, you have to find a way to cope with the feelings or yourisk stress and burn-out. The Worry no more workbook can help you reflect on your worries and find ways for you to cope with your thoughts.  This workbook helps you stop worrying and start living!

Kim is a psychology student passionate about sharing personal development and mental health tips. On her blog Miss Mental Kim writes about self-care, self-growth and mental health.  She also make illustrations to share positive vibes with the world and an awesome free resource library waiting for you.  Be sure to head over and show her some love. 

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29 responses to “5 Steps to Stop Overthinking and Start Living

  1. You #1 is something I need to do a better job of focusing on! Perfection is defintiely something I grapple with so much and then end up hurting myself through the process. This was such an inspiring and perfect for my first Monday back!

  2. Write down your worries! Love this. .A great way to detangle thoughts that are causing anxiety and tension. Your no more worry workbook looks excellent. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Some time worries can also be solved by friends. It is good to share your worries with a close person. That helps in reducing over thinking. In anyway, that was a very good post!

  4. What a great topic. Much needed in the world we live in. Writing things down along with settling a deadline can really help you get what you need to out.

  5. All great advice, I probably overthink everything and tell myself almost daily to live in the moment! I couldn’t make a mistake on purpose as I make some real ones daily. I shall definitely download your workbook. Thanks.

  6. I think setting a deadline is a great idea! Get it done and forget it. That is my plan for the personalized gifts I am giving for the holidays. Photo calendars and mugs. get it done early, and enjoy the here and now. I will share this! 🙂

  7. I love this! All of these pieces of advice are so good! I feel like I’m getting better with this all of the time. Writing down my worries makes them seem so much more manageable, you know?

  8. Catherine

    I really needed to read this. I struggle so bad with overthinking!! Living in the here and now is probably the hardest for me. I constantly think of where I wanna be instead of where I am. I need to work on these steps so I can start enjoying my life more!

  9. Jazmine

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous! I definitely need to work on writing out my worries, usually when I do I realise how silly they are and pretty much forget about them after that.

  10. Henrietta

    Helpful pointers for sure. Especially scripting worries. I also find casting my cares to God helps me tremendously.

  11. Love this post. I’m very guilty of overthinking. I agree that keeping a journal is a great way to redirect this tendency. It gives you the chance to reflect on your reasons for overthinking an issue. Once you’re aware it’s easier to re focus your thoughts positively.

  12. Each and every point mentioned above is very important!
    However to be able to achieve them, it’s not going to be easy. It is by Going through many obstacles in life, that we end up learning these valuable lessons!
    Great post, thanks for sharing!
    The Handy Journal –

  13. These are wonderful tips for anyone! For me, a big thing that I have to work on continuously is to let go of this idea of perfection! I’ve been very self-disciplined since I was a young child, so I’m just used to holding myself at a high standard, but sometimes it becomes a bit much – so I’m working on it haha!

    -madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

  14. All your suggestions are brilliant. One thing intrigued me in particular and I’d love you to feature a story on “The Mistake I Made On Purpose” … What happened? How did you decide what mistake to make? What was the response? Would love to know more.