Overthinking is common with most people at some point in their lives. When there is a tough decision that needs to be made it can be easy to be consumed by the choices available. Overthinking may also be caused by stress and worry. Constantly thinking about what problems are surrounding us and what will be the right decision to make to help solve them. It can be too much to handle and overthinking may be a natural result.
Break of Dawn
Waking up in the morning with a mind that is actively trying to solve problems starts the day off poorly. It probably means that you didn’t good a great night of sleep either. This pattern of poor sleep and waking up already stressed can be the undoing of even really strong people. Waking up startled causes the body to be jump started, adrenalin flows, anxiety builds, and the overthinking takes on a life of its own. Thankfully, there are different things that can start your day off differently.
Taking some deep breaths when you wake up will give your body to wake up more naturally and calm down the jump start you are experiencing. Lay still and take in at least 10 deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and as you inhale count to 3 and then hold it for another count of 3. When you exhale breathe out slowly and count to 4. Repeat this 10 times and focus on the breathing, the counts, and relaxing. Breathe in the good, breathe out the bad.
Overthinking will lead to a scattered mind. Trying to solve the world’s problems in one day is impossible, but your mind is telling you it needs to happen. First thing in the morning set your goals for the day. Don’t let yourself flitter from one topic to another, make a list and set your intentions for the day. If there are things that need to be done, write them down. Stick with the goals that you have set for the day and try not to waiver from them. This one little step can bring you from chaos to organized for the day.
Waking up and counting your blessings has often been given credit for a positive attitude that will carry you through your day. When you’re having a problem with overthinking, it can also move your focus from your problems to your blessings. Keeping a gratitude journal can also be helpful. Writing down your blessings can be simple and doesn’t have to be anything huge or stressful. I am thankful for the love that my dog gives me when I wake up. I am grateful to have soft slippers for my feet. Small blessings count as much as big blessings on the gratitude scale. Writing the blessings down sets them firmer in the brain. Jot down just a few in the morning to change your energy.
Waking up just 15 minutes early to take a walk outside can set your tone for the day. Being outside is refreshing for the brain and soul. Taking a stroll or a brisk walk causes endorphins to be released into your bloodstream. Endorphins are hormones that make you feel better and give you a positive jolt for the day. Even a fifteen-minute walk will be enough. Keep your focus on your walk, the birds, the sun on your shoulders and the good feelings you are experiencing.
A nice hot cup of tea is soothing and relaxing after a morning walk. There are many teas that are blended specifically to relax people. Chamomile is just one that is known for its calming effects. The tea market is full of different flavors which have different ailments they can help. Choose a variety and see which ones make you feel best and satisfy your palate as well. Tea is a healthy choice that offers remedies for many ailments. Give yourself a treat with your favorite.
On Your Way
These five steps may not completely cure you of overthinking, but at the very least, your day will start off better than usual. Continuing to practice this kind of self-care can result in amazing differences in your day. Deep breathing, setting intentions, a gratitude journal, a short walk, and a hot cup of tea may be the answer you are looking for.