4 tips on how to stop thinking too much

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4 tips on how to stop thinking too much

Should I, shouldn’t I? Good on the one hand, but of course also a certain risk on the other. Uff, and what if none of that works? And what if it is? Well, it probably won’t work anyway. It doesn’t matter what it’s about. Anyone who recognizes themselves in thoughts like these probably likes to think a little too much. Of course it’s important to reflect, to weigh up the pros and cons, but overthinking often makes things worse and problems bigger than they actually are.

Because let’s be honest: In most cases, things aren’t as bad as we imagine, because we interpret things too often. Thinking too much not only costs time, but also energy and joie de vivre. Overthinking can lead to a downward spiral that ends in panic attacks , anxiety, or depression .

1. Change up your routine
Sounds strange at first, after all, routines in everyday life give us a certain structure that we can hold on to mentally, i.e. we don’t have to think as much. In fact, adding a little more risk to everyday routines can help you think even less. As an example: try a new dish, don’t take the tram to work in the morning but take a detour to the office or finally get up earlier and this one hairstyle that’s been on Pinterest for so longsaved, try it. Why does that make sense? By making small changes in our set routines, we challenge our brain to think: What is the worst that can happen? Anyone who asks this question again and again will notice: Even the worst scenario is not sooo wild, which means: We can often worry less and save energy. In our example, the worst that could happen would be: a salty dinner, stepping in dog shit on a morning walk, or deciding to wear a hat after all because your hair was a mess. Everything bearable, right?

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2. Start something new
Matching the change in routine: Sign up for a course – whether it’s sports, pottery or Spanish – and just do it. It takes you out of your comfort zone and it’s not just good for you mentally. Just ask yourself the question: What have I always wanted to do, but have always put off before me? And that’s exactly what you’re doing. Now.

3. Get rid of your perfectionism
Translated, perfectionism simply means worrying about future events. But no matter how much you think and try to plan everything down to the smallest detail and get it perfect, you can’t predict everything anyway. So why not give a shit a little more right from the start?

4. Imagine you only have one year to live
Yes, okay, now that sounds like an inspirational quote that jumped right out of Pinterest , but there’s some truth to it: the more limited time we have, the more likely we are to do the things we REALLY want to do—and without big to think about it. Confess your feelings to someone, visit grandma more often, finally demand a conversation with your boss at work, write a book? Whatever it is, consider whether you really want to spend time thinking too much, or just pursue your dreams a little instead.

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