11 Simple Ways To Stop Overthinking Everything And Take Control Of Your Life

Ravi Raman
Jul 13, 2017 · 10 min read

1) Let go of the results

An underpinning of a spiritual text that has greatly impacted my life, The Bhagavad Gita, is that we can find happiness and live our duty (“dharma”) in life by focusing solely on our required labor, not on the fruits of our labor.

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2) Cultivate positive emotions

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3) Mindfully complete simple tasks

When I am in the middle of complex tasks and find myself overthinking things, I often shift to small and simple tasks that require less mental horsepower. For example, I will do the laundry, mow the lawn, pay some bills, walk my dog.

4) Meditate

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  • Decreased depression
  • Increased pain tolerance
  • Increased memory and learning capacity
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better capacity to set goals
  • More pronounced empathy
  • Higher “alpha” waves — resulting in less tension, sadness, anger
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased oxygen and CO2 processing capacity
  • Better immune system function
  • Cellular and DNA protection
  • Potential anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-heart disease benefits

5) Consciously overthink things

This is a technique that I learned from Tony Robbins. It is used to break up old mental patterns and replace them with new and empowering ones. In my application of the technique, I simplify things to just allow you to see the humor in overthinking everything. You see, it is when we are calm and at peace (on the inside, I’m talking about mental state not physical state) that we are able to tap into our greatest inner genius.

6) Get some exercise

Exercise, like sleep, is like pushing the reboot button on your mind. You cannot go out for a run (or yoga or skateboard or whatever exercise you like) and not come back to your work in a different state of mind. I find that many times, my overthinking tendency is worst when I have tons of energy that I haven’t burned off.

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7) Breathe calmly (Pranayma)

The tone and tenor of your breathing is a direct representation of your mental state. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and take 5 deep breaths in and out through your nose. You will notice a difference in how you think and feel, guaranteed.

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8) Practice fixing your gaze on one point

Just like the breath, the eyes say a lot about the state of your mind (and some believe, your soul itself!). Many yogis deep in their spiritual work will avoid eye contact for this very reason, it is a gateway to your inner being.

9) Write out your thoughts

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10) Take a nap

Naps are underrated! Just like exercise, a 20-minute nap works wonders. I like to take my naps in the afternoon, around 3 pm, after going for a run and drinking a healthy smoothie. I don’t need to say much more about naps, just give it a try!

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11) Change your environment

It is said that Albert Einstein, in struggling to formulate his theory of relativity, achieved his biggest breakthrough while taking a break from working on his problem to relax by a fire and daydream.


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Ravi Raman

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http://RaviRaman.com . Former Director @ Microsoft. Now an Exec/Career Coach, Yogi + Ultrarunner. ravi [at] ramancoaching.com

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Ravi Raman

Written by

http://RaviRaman.com . Former Director @ Microsoft. Now an Exec/Career Coach, Yogi + Ultrarunner. ravi [at] ramancoaching.com

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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