Are you someone who constantly finds yourself overthinking and struggling to quiet your mind?
It can be a frustrating and exhausting experience, but fortunately, there are practical ways to help calm your overthinking mind. By implementing these techniques into your daily routine, you can learn to ease your worries and find a sense of peace and clarity. Here are five practical ways to calm an overthinking mind.
When we dwell too much on a problem, it can trigger a cascade of other thoughts, leading to a never-ending cycle of overthinking. Our thoughts hold immense sway over our well-being - excessive brooding can lead to unnecessary anxiety and even give rise to a sense of losing control.
"The more you overthink, the less you will understand."
That quote holds a lot of truth. How often have we not been thinking about something when suddenly, out of nowhere, the answer comes to us? It happens to us all the time. When we think about something that happened and try to analyze it, we sometimes create problems that weren't even there in the first place.
If you struggle, here are some tips to help calm your mind: First, don't be too hard on yourself. Overthinkers blame themselves when things go wrong, but it's important to remember that sometimes things happen, and you can't control everything. Secondly, learn to accept change as a natural part of life. While there are things you can control, there will always be things out of your control. Instead of worrying about them, focus on what you can do to make positive changes in your life.
Remember the wise words of Buddha, "If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying."
So take a deep breath, let go of the blame, and focus on what you can do to move forward.
Leave "what if" alone.
Sometimes, "What if" can be tempting, especially for those who tend to overthink. It is a powerful tool that could help you discover new paths and opportunities. However, it's important to remember that dwelling on the past or worrying about the future can often lead to adverse outcomes. Instead, it's better to focus on the present and make the most of what you have right now. That way, you can create a brighter future without getting lost in endless "what if" scenarios.
Meditation can be quite challenging for someone always lost in their thoughts. However, there are ways to overcome the issue of a busy mind. We have found that incorporating mantras and deep breathing into our meditation practice has dramatically improved our ability to find clarity and peace. One of our go-to mantras is "Om Mani Padme Hum."
Buddhist Lama Kalu Rinpoche once said, "Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness."
Be patient with yourself.
It's incredible how much power our self-talk can wield. Sometimes, our minds can start racing at full speed, and getting caught up in that is easy. But it's important to step back, slow down, and focus on breathing. Progress takes time, and we should be patient and kind to ourselves as we work to unlearn these patterns of overthinking. So let's speak to ourselves with words of support and understanding and trust that we'll get there in time.