How to stop overthinking
Free your emotions
Meditation can help clear away the thoughts that overload you. It relaxes your body and mind, giving you the sense of relief that is so precious after struggling with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Some people may be biased against meditation, considering it a long-lasting process of doing nothing. But it is a myth. You may practice meditation for a few minutes per day and still have a positive impact.
You can even try it right now. Firstly, take a comfortable seat in a place that feels quiet. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, trying to feel every inhale and exhale. When your mind starts to wander again, try to notice what thoughts bother you and return to concentration on your breath. Be kind and gentle to your thoughts when they come back, and genuinely thank your mind for taking care of you. Then open your eyes. Notice how your body feels and pay attention to your thoughts and emotions.
Prepare for the worst
Preparing for the worst is the hardest but the most effective thing to do. Overthinking most commonly comes with a fear of the future, and the best way to deal with it is to face it. If some situation is bothering you, do not run from it. Go through the situation mentally and imagine the worst scenarios that can happen. Imagine what you would do and how you would feel if it happened. It might be painful for the first time, but by practicing it more, you will realize that those scenarios do not scare you so much anymore. You will see that you are strong and brave enough to deal with the worst possible situation.
For example, if you are worried that your boss does not like you and that he may fire you soon, try to imagine how it will feel. Think it through and prepare a plan for what you will do if you lose your job. Write it down step-by-step. In the process, you will see that you have an infinite amount of options, and “the worst” scenario will seem much less scary.
Believe in yourself, and everything will be great. You are much stronger than you think, and you are capable of kicking the habit of overthinking.