A Solution To Overthinking That Works

By | October 5, 2023

Overthinking to me is more than a universal problem. It has its roots in the limbic system, that part of the brain involved in our behavioral and emotional responses. The wrong approach would be to focus on something else just to distract myself from what causes overthinking. Or to avoid the worrisome thoughts I’m having because of that intrinsic dysregulated mechanism that causes it.

A healthy approach would be to solve the cause of the problem — eradicating that which causes overthinking. And since I talk about problems, I need to come up with solutions as well. I don’t like talking about problems without offering solutions.

I was a victim of overthinking as well. But to solve such an awful issue with the advice you get on social media doesn’t work. I believe that the majority of trainers have good intentions but they don’t understand the fundamental problem. If they tell you to focus on something else or to just calm down, you are distracting yourself with something else. That overthinking problem won’t go away if you force yourself to have positive thoughts or pay attention to something else.

On the other hand, if you reflect inward by focusing on the feeling that causes so many awful thoughts — at some point — that anxious feeling will go away. Your awareness will obliterate that anxious feeling over time. So every time we’re overthinking things, we must realize that our thoughts aren’t the problem but rather the awful feeling that causes us to have so many negative thoughts. Or to overthink, for that matter.

The grip is that it takes practice not to distract ourselves with something else. Are we willing to try a different approach when it comes to overthinking?

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