“Don't search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.” -Baba Hari Das
Are you overthinking to the point of paralysis and fear? Is your mind filled with so many thoughts that you don’t know what to do next or how to handle it? If overthinking is causing you to struggle, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to find mental peace again.
You can learn to calm your mind, achieve greater focus, and find the direction that is right for you!
You may wish that you could stop your thoughts altogether. However, this isn’t the best tactic for dealing with overthinking.
· The more you try to stop thinking, the more your thoughts will flow. The opposite of what you want actually starts to happen.
All human beings have thoughts. Recognize this is a normal process. Although you can learn to silence your mind in certain situations, you can achieve great peace by learning to take control of what you think, instead.
3. Avoid judging your thoughts.
It’s tempting to get upset if you have negative thoughts or emotions. You may be quick to judge and try to squash them.
· Instead of judging and criticizing your thoughts, accept them for normal human emotions. Acknowledge them and then move on. Learn to love your mind. This will help your mind calm down because you won’t be fighting internally.
· Remember, you wouldn’t be able to appreciate the positive thoughts if you never had negative ones.
4. Try to stay present.
Overthinking often comes because you’re worried about the future or regret something that has already happened. You allow stress and anxiety to take over. You start imagining different outcomes, with most of them being negative, and you start living in fear.
· If you stay in the present moment, then fear can’t take over, and overthinking isn’t an issue. You’re able to focus on what you have to do each day to survive and thrive.
5. Be okay with the world.
The word okay doesn’t mean perfection. It also doesn’t mean awful. It’s the balance between positive and negative. It’s the thin line between them that allows you to find mental peace.
· Being okay also means that you learn to accept what is happening in your life.
· Being okay may mean that you learn to love where you’re at and what you’re doing right now. You learn to appreciate what you have and the people around you. It’s important to find gratitude in the little things.
· You don’t have to pretend that negative things don’t exist, but you can avoid focusing on them. Center your attention on appreciating life.
Your thoughts can save you, but they can also destroy you. Your mind can be a busy place, so it’s important to learn ways to deal effectively with some of the thoughts. Strategies like these can help you deal with your overthinking so you can find peace.
A positive attitude doesn’t happen on its own. A positive attitude is the result of your beliefs, expectations, habits, and focus. A positive mental attitude can have a positive impact on your relationships, creativity, career, and overall enjoyment. You’re more capable when you feel good and have high expectations.
1. Take a smile with you everywhere you go.
Smiles are free, feel good, and can lift your mood. Science has shown that your physiology and body can lead your emotions. Smiling can enhance your mood and your outlook regarding the future.
2. Create a morning routine that focuses on happiness.
You have a morning routine to get yourself cleaned up and out the door on time. Build a routine that boosts your attitude too. Consider the things that fill you with a feeling of positivity.
Take a walk.
Read something inspiring.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
Listen to inspiring music.
3. Ask yourself optimistic questions.
Questions change your focus. Ask positive questions and you’ll receive positive answers.
• What’s great about this situation?
• How can I use this to my advantage?
• Whom do I love?
4. Spend time with others that have a positive attitude.
It’s challenging to maintain a better attitude than the people you spend time with. Seek out others with a positive attitude and spend as much time with them as you can.
5. Create a gratitude list.
It’s easy to focus on what you don’t have in life. Change your focus and remind yourself of all the great things you already have. Each morning and evening, rattle off a list of the people, things, and experiences that make you feel grateful.
6. Think happy thoughts.
Left to its own devices, your mind will run wild. It’s so random, that you’re bound to think negative thoughts some of the time. You can control your thoughts. Keep them positive.
7. Make exciting plans.
It’s easier to be happy with a few exciting things planned for the near future. Planning a trip to Paris would be nice, but simple things work well, too. A planned trip to the movies or the spa with a friend can make the week more enjoyable. Have something you can look forward to each week.
8. Remember happy memories.
When you’re feeling down, remember some of the good times you’ve had. Spend a few minutes remembering your senior prom or the first time you bowled 300. Five minutes remembering positive experiences can get your attitude back on track. What is your happiest memory from childhood? What about the last five years?
9. Enjoy the simple things.
Many of the simple things are the most meaningful. Playing with your child or enjoying an ice cream cone can be as enjoyable as making a million dollars or scuba diving in Hawaii. Enjoy the simple things you do each day.
10. Change your expectations.
Part of unhappiness comes from unreasonable expectations. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Sure, you’ll have many easy days. But you can decide to find happiness in the challenging days, too. What you consider to be a “good” day or a “bad” day is influenced by your expectations.
11. Do something nice, anonymously.
It’s thrilling to do something nice for someone without their knowledge. You feel like a superhero. Mow your neighbor’s grass or send someone flowers. Give a gift card to the elderly couple down the street. Do something and keep your involvement a secret.
Go over this checklist each day and check off the items you accomplished. Soon, these activities will become a habit – and so will your positive attitude!
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