01/8Here's how to stop overthinking when you are stressed out

Here's how to stop overthinking when you are stressed out

Replaying a scenario or an unpleasant conversation in your head is not going to make you feel better. In fact, it may make you feel more anxious. "Sometimes we think there's a right or wrong answer to a problem and that more thinking will help us make a better decision," Amy Morin, psychotherapist and 'author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do', told a news portal. Adding, "At other times, we are looking for ways to deal with or prevent discomfort." Christine Hassler, a master life coach, agrees with Amy. "We overthink decisions that may have a result that we can't predict, we overthink what people think of us because we can't read people's minds and we overthink past decisions that we've made because we're not sure if they're the right ones," Hassler told a news portal. Here is expert advice on how to stop overthinking when you feel anxious.

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02/8Learn to recognise it

Learn to recognise it

More often than not, we tend to start overthinking without realising that we've been doing it for quite some time. For example, you may start thinking about that argument you had with that lady on the train or you might be wondering about something that your boss told you and before you know it, you'll have wasted 15 minutes worrying over some imaginary situation and conversations. Learn to recognise your anxiety. The moment you do that, you'll be able to bring it under control.

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03/8Set a deadline

Set a deadline

As odd as this sounds, it might just be what can help you. When you start to overthink, what you should do is set a deadline for yourself. Tell yourself that you'll only think about it for the next 5 minutes and then stop the moment you hit your deadline. This will give your brain some breathing space and a chance to relax for a bit.

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04/8Listen to some music

Listen to some music

One of the best things you can do to combat anxiety is to listen to some music. When your mind is focused on some activity, it'll be a lot less likely to think about negative things. Plus, if you dance along with your music, you'll also end up burning some calories so that'll just be like an added benefit for you.

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05/8Be aware of your thoughts but don't engage with them

Be aware of your thoughts but don't engage with them

Notice the thoughts that enter your mind, but do not engage with them or resist that they are around. Try meditation practices. "A meditation practice is incredibly important when dealing with overthinking because it teaches us how to have dominion over the monkey mind," Christine Hassler, a master life coach, told a news portal. "Being in the present moment makes it impossible to ruminate on the past or worry about the future," Amy Morin, a psychotherapist,told a news portal. Take the time to simply sit with yourself and notice what is going on in your mind from a distance.

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06/8Use visualization techniques

Use visualization techniques

When we overthink, we are really imagining the worst-case scenario. "Worry is the imagination used poorly," Christine Hassler, a master life coach, told a news portal. "Any time we're worrying about something, we are literally visualizing a bad situation in our head." Visualization can be an extremely powerful technique. Therefore, you want to make sure it is used in the right way. "If you're thinking of all the bad things that could happen, remind yourself of all the good things that can happen too," Amy Morin, a psychotherapist,told a news portal.

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07/8Acknowledge your feelings

Acknowledge your feelings

Trying to ignore how you feel or force yourself to stop overthinking might not be the solution you need. Change how you relate to the situation instead."Trying to stop worry has elements of banning books — it just strengthens one's interest in the forbidden material," David Carbonell, a clinical psychologist, told a news portal. Adding, "The most useful responses to chronic 'what if?' worry involve playing with the worry as a form of acceptance, rather than any form of opposing."Remember you are human and going to find yourself anxious about something from time to time.

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08/8Identify the 'worry words"

Identify the 'worry words"

When your mind is racing and you are overthinking a situation too much, you may not even realise what you are doing. "Most worry is subliminal," David Carbonell, a clinical psychologist, told a news portal. Adding, "It occurs when we're multitasking. We worry while driving, attending a lecture, showering, or doing some routine work that doesn't demand much attention." Identify the words that cause you to overthink things. "The overwhelming majority of unhelpful worries all start with the words 'what if?' Becoming aware of these words in one's thoughts can be a help in catching yourself in the act of unhelpful worry," Carbonell told a news portal.

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