HOW TO STOP OVERTHINKING THINGS (2019) | The Simplify Your Life Podcast – Episode #51

HOW TO STOP OVERTHINKING THINGS (2019) | The Simplify Your Life Podcast – Episode #51


Hey guys! Welcome to the Simplify Your Life podcast. It’s Coach Simona and I’m glad you decided
to tune in. What’s up, guys? In today’s episode, I’m going to give
you 3 tips on how to stop overthinking and start doing instead. I’ve been a serial overthinker for years,
in fact, I still overthink things when I feel stressed out or haven’t slept well. As we all know it — it’s part of being
human. But I’ve found some things that definitely
help me get off my butt and get into action quicker, and I want to share them with you. My first tip is to use the 5-second rule. I love Mel Robbins. She is the author of the 5-second rule and
it goes like this: if you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move
within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it. You have to count down from 5.. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and by the time you hit 1, you
have to move. Let me give you an example. You’re lying in bed in the morning: it’s
so warm and cozy under the sheets and you’re doing some casual scrolling through
your Instagram feed… you know it’s time to get up and start your
day but it’s also so tempting to stay 10 minutes more… The moment you catch yourself starting to
procrastinate, count down from 5 and get up! It’s so much easier than you think, you
just have to build the new habit of doing it. The more times you do it in a day, the faster
you’ll build the muscle for it. My second tip is to Move your body. This seems like a no-brainer but not moving
your body is probably the #1 reason why you’re overthinking. If you’re serious about getting out of your
head, you need to tune in to your body. Going to the gym or exercising at home sounds
great but it’s often associated with a lot of inner resistance. So, I’m going to give you a bunch of other
ideas to choose from: put some energetic music on and dance your heart out, sign up for zumba
classes, go for a long walk in the park, ride a bike, clean the house, or find a hobby that
requires you to move your body. The more daily activities you have where you
move your body, the faster you’ll stop overthinking. My third tip is to Get familiar with your
thoughts. This is a tricky one. If you don’t do it correctly, it may lead
to even more layers of thinking. That’s why I’m going to give you some
techniques that have proven to give my clients results. There are several ways to observe your thoughts
objectively: meditation, mindfulness, and writing them down on paper. I’ve already made in-depth episodes on meditation
and mindfulness so I’m not going to go into more details right now. I’ll leave links in the cards and in the
description box below. What I’m going to focus on here is writing
your thoughts down. There are several techniques that can help
you get familiar with your thoughts. In this episode, I’ll share 3 of them: The first one is called Braindump and it’s
exactly what you think it is. When you start overthinking, pull out a piece
of paper and start writing your thoughts down. When you’re done, throw it away or keep
it if you have important ideas. It’s your way of saying: ‘I got this on
my mind, now it’s gone and it’s time to move on.’ The second technique is called morning pages
and it’s by Julia Cameron. It’s similar to brain dumping. In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia says
that morning pages are three pages of conscious writing, done first thing
in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages–
they are not high art. They are about anything and everything that
crosses your mind – and they are for your eyes only. And the last technique to get familiar with
your thoughts comes from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is called the Automatic Thought
Record. Here’s how to use it: you write down your
thoughts, the emotions you feel in reaction to these thoughts, the behavior you engage
in, and then you assess what could be done differently in a similar kind of a situation
to give you even better results. The reason why the Automatic Thought Record
tool helps you with overthinking is because when you know what thoughts and
emotions you’re dealing with, you become more objective and less reactive to your own
mind. I’ve made a free downloadable cheat sheet
for you, guys, so you can check the link in the description box. There’s a quote I often mention because
it’s absolutely life-changing, it’s by Leo Gura from Actualized.org and it goes like
this: Awareness itself is curative. So, the moment you catch yourself overthinking,
say gently to yourself: ‘Oh, that’s just thinking’ and move on with your life. Have you found any techniques that work for
you and help you to think less and do more? Please, share them in the comments below. And thank you so much for listening to this
episode! If you found it helpful, please give it a
thumbs up. And subscribe to my channel if you don’t want
to miss out on my weekly episodes. I love you, guys, and I will talk to you in
the next one. Bye!

14 thoughts on “HOW TO STOP OVERTHINKING THINGS (2019) | The Simplify Your Life Podcast – Episode #51

  1. Mel Robbins is a genius for giving us the 5 second rule! Loved your podcast Simona! Excellent references and explanation!

  2. Simone these are such useful and helpful tips! Also your red hair is cool 😎! I definitely agree with moving the body. Thanks for sharing 🌸

  3. Just found your channel, and already love it. Subscribed and looking forward to see more from you! Hope we can maybe support each other! 💙 if you can pls subscribe back to my channel

  4. ahh i loved this! it wasnt exactly all new information, but the way you associate certain techniques and explain them in just a few minutes… it's great! thanks 🙂

  5. Overthinking….. great topic.. some people saying that I over think… so lets see whats negative about it… thinking is good… because we don't want to fall into troubles and be stock somewhere….. so lets see..

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