10 ways to stop overthinking

We've all been there. Those moments where we just cannot stop going over and over the same thing. We're distracted. We feel anxious. We feel sick with worry. We cannot stop overthinking.

I’ve noticed a bit of a recurring theme lately across the coaching conversations that I am having. I am hearing how much overthinking is affecting people's happiness, their harmony. How there is a need to manage those frustrating negative thoughts that keep popping up, the overthinking, the ruminating…


How to combat obsessive thoughts

It got me thinking about what can help with this and I wanted to share my top 10 tips for combating obsessive thoughts with you below:

1. Use visualisation

Actually imagine your thoughts are the tabs on your computer and visualise you closing down the thought by clicking the red cross in the top corner or by putting it in the bin.

2. Distract yourself

Try heading out for a walk, reading a book/watching a series or giving a friend a call.

3. Address the problem

Write down what is coming up for you and map out the small steps it takes to help you to address it. 

4. Share your thoughts with someone you trust

Just speaking things out can have a huge impact on our mental well-being.

5. Make a list of 10 strengths that you have

Focus this energy on yourself in a positive light. If you find this difficult, think about how others would describe you. 

6. Start actioning

After addressing the problem (point 3) - take one small action to move you in this direction. Start small and just pick one thing to act on right now.

7. Meditate for 10 minutes and allow yourself to be

Focus on your breathing. I love to set a 10-minute alarm on my phone and listen to this, while I concentrate on breathing in for four, holding for four, and out for four (seconds). 

8. Speak to your coach

They will be able to help you understand your triggers and the basis of your thoughts. You will then be able to consider what you want to feel instead and create an action plan to help you to get there.

9. Write down your thoughts

Allow yourself some time to just let it all flow out. You don't have to re-read it or even keep it if you don't want to. Just allow how you're feeling to come out of your head and put it down on paper.

10. Give yourself permission to accept the thought that you're having

Sometimes we can be fighting with ourselves and when we just accept that our thoughts come and go, it can help us to let go of focusing on them. Give yourself permission to let the thought be. 

I hope these tips have been helpful, these are just a handful of ideas that I have found helpful. What else could you add to this list that helps with overthinking? I would love to know.

For more support, please feel free to contact me directly via my Life Coach Directory profile.

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Written by Sohaila Sophia, Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, ICF & ANLP accredited
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5

Sohaila Sophia is an accredited Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, an advocate for mental wellbeing & passionate about supporting people to believe in themselves and live fulfilling, purpose-led lives. Founder of ‘Find Your Happy’ coaching programmes - the 10 step approach to re-evaluating and living with more fulfilment and meaning.

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