If you are anything like me, the temptation to overthink things can really be a problem. Often referred to as “analysis paralysis”, when we overthink things, we can create problems for ourselves such as:
- Insomnia, requiring us to seek out ways to get to sleep
- Control issues, instead of only focusing on what we can control
- A heightened need to be perfect instead of being OK knowing we cannot do it all
- Physical pain such as headaches or muscle stiffness.
And when we overthink things, we don’t stay in the present moment with our surroundings – we overlook the benefit of stopping to smell the roses because we are too focused on the worry associated with whatever it is we are overthinking.
A great way to help alleviate overthinking is to exercise regularly, even if it is a simple walk in nature. I’ve found that connecting with nature helps clarify my thoughts. You might even want to try a walking meditation in nature to help sooth your mind from all those thoughts.
So next time you catch yourself overthinking things, go for a walk to help alleviate some of your stress.
Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.