Overthinking and feeling worry about certain circumstances during life is a natural part that many people experiment, this happens even when they are not aware they are doing it. Oftentimes, overthinking or worry show up as a result of decisions that need to be made, problems which have to be solved and they can turn out in stressful situations. In order to avoid these two detrimental factors that are not giving you the opportunity to focus, I have compiled some interesting positive habits that might reinforce your attention and so you can recognize when or how to focus on when it comes to problems, small or big decisions.
Enforce a time period that allows you put things into a wider perspective
Overthinking does not always need to be seen from the negative perception, the really bad aspect about this habit is that amount of time you spend on doing it. So, if you are going to overthink strive to do it for a short period of time, allow yourself to overthink but only for a short time for instance, 15 minutes. Furthermore, since it is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking too much about minor things in life, during those minutes you have set to organize your thoughts, ask yourself if what you are thinking of in that moment will matter in 5 years or even in 5 weeks; this way you can both let a minor situation go and wide your perspectives. A good exercise to practice this tip I am sharing with you, is to grab a piece of paper and write down everything you are thinking of, when the 15 minutes are up read it and start prioritizing your thoughts, thus you focus your time and energy on what really matters to you.
Set a “worry period”
We all know that when it comes to be productive in our daily life, anxiety as well as worry are two crucial factors to keep under control, otherwise you will be dominated by them through your day. Learn how to postpone worrying, to achieve this you can start by creating a “worry period” where you can choose a set time and place for worrying, and during this time you are allowed to worry about everything that is in your mind. In addition, you will need to postpone your worry because this will only make you feel anxious during the day, so you might want to make a brief note of whatever is worrying you and the go on with your day; remind yourself that you will have time to think about it later, and keep on doing your daily tasks. Once you have set the time and place of your “worry period”, it is time to go over that worry list and take it seriously, I mean it will be time to worry about those items you have been thinking of during the day. However, remember that if they are not that important you do not have to spend a lot of time on them; keep in mind that enjoying the rest of your day is also important.
Take advantage of overthinking and become a person of action
People who tend to overthink everything generally do not know what comes next in order to make forward progress, they have an unstructured thinking and with this anxiety can show up. In order to take advantage of overthinking and become a person of action, a key aspect you should start from is turning your energy and focus into a structured thinking that contributes to determine what the next possible action are. Once you know how to get started with a consistent action, you will be ready to go through your days avoiding procrastination that resulted from overthinking, take small steps forward and strive to focus only on getting that one small step done at a time, this is habit that work wonders because you do not feel overwhelmed but instead you are taking action on things that you need to get done.
Is it the problem solvable?
There are some researches which have found out that while you are worrying about something, you temporarily feel less anxious; this means that running over the problem actually distracts you from your emotions and makes you feel that you are getting something done. However, it is important to make notice that worrying and problem solving are two very different issues. Why? Well, because when it comes to problem solving you evaluate the situation, come up with structured steps in order to deal with it, and the you put the plan into action. On the other hand, worrying basically leaves you without any possible solutions and no matter how much you are spending on dwelling on worst case, you cannot be prepared to deal with a problem when it actually occurs.
So, you need to start distinguishing whether or not that problem is solvable. In case it is solvable, then you need to start being productive and take action on right away; bills, calling your creditors to get flexible payment alternatives are examples of solvable worries you can take control of. And if that problem which is worrying you too much, then do not take the anxious way but focus on start a brainstorm with ideas that give you possible solutions you can consider; it is not about finding the perfect solution to a problem is beyond your control, but to have the power of changing a situation that is making you feel stress out, once you have the plan you start working on the problem solving thus, you feel way less worried.