Anthony Hopkins offers alarming yet useful advice when it comes to thinking: “We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” In fact, research by psychologist professor Susan Nolen-Hoeksema of the University of Michigan reveals that overthinking is a particular problem for young and middle-aged adults: 73% of 25 to 35-year-olds admit to overthinking on a regular basis.
More specifically, 57% of women and 43% of men are self-proclaimed overthinkers, which is alarming on its own when you consider that overthinking can make the human mind seem like a cage. In order to free your mind—and yourself—from the pitfalls of overthinking, please read and follow the advice below.
11 quotes to quell overthinking.
#1: “You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.”
#2: “Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try!”
#3: “Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.”
#4: “Overthinking – the art of creating problems that weren’t even there.”
#5: “There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.”
#6: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
#7: “Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be.”
#8: “Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night. I need sleep.”
#9: “Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness.”
#10: “Don’t ruin a new day by thinking about yesterday. Let it go.”
#11: “A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.”
3 techniques to prevent or alleviate overthinking.
#1: Utilize nature.
Even walking through a park each day or relaxing in natural environments will strengthen your connection with nature and enable your mind to focus on what’s most important rather than what’s just causing congestion.
#2: Think and feel peaceful.
It’s possible to overcome the negative thoughts that cloud many human beings’ minds by thinking about peaceful words, and by speaking peaceful words to yourself either internally or aloud. This is especially helpful when you feel as though you are becoming stressed, and words like peace, love, and light tend to work best. More specifically, practicing this technique will enable you to focus on what is most important and to at least temporarily forget about what isn’t significant (at least presently).
#3: Practice meditation or mindfulness.
Meditation tends to stop negative thinking in its tracks and replace it with peaceful, positive, and productive thinking. If meditation just isn’t your thing, try mindful thinking or even yoga; these activities will also slow your thought process and allow you to focus on what you should.