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Over thinkers, or people prone to intellectualize, live most of their lives inside their minds. Reminding themselves to the past, daydreaming about the future, having imaginary conversations, planning what to do, or just wandering around in thought. For them, it’s essential to find a way to be in control of their thoughts, as it is to bring themselves back into the present moment.

 

What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is a meditation form that promotes focusing on the present moment and giving full attention to the present activity or thought that a person has. Through simple techniques or practices, mindfulness can center the person, fully aware of what is happening, doing, or thinking.

 

Steps in Mindfulness meditation:

 

You could practice mindfulness while meditating or doing an activity. It’s fairly simple – you try to focus on the present moment and what happens in it.

Your mind will slowly, but surely wander – you will start thinking about something far in the past or in the future; something you plan to do; something that you feel bad or anxious about; some hypothetical conversation with your crush or boss; and so on, the list is countless.

Try to become conscious about your thought process and realize that your mind has wandered. At that point, you will see that you can “observe” your thoughts.

With that, you will experience what is known as a self-detached state – you are not your thoughts, you are also the one who listens to them. So, you get to the part when you can evaluate what you’re thinking.

Don’t judge, the brain is wired in that way – to always generate thoughts. The point is not to silence your mind, but to be fully aware of what it is he is saying to you. Is it positive, comforting, critical, dismissive, pessimistic, overconfident, judging of self or others? This is a great way to see what the brain tells itself most of the time. Also, it is a great way to find your recurring mental patterns.

If you decide to bring yourself back to your current activity, you’re practicing centering, being fully present in the now, getting back to the sensations and your body. This is a great way for you to calm your anxiety, overthinking, rumination, and so on.

 

How does Mindfulness Help Overthinking?

 

–  Reduce stress and promote relaxation – if you can come back to the now, you can more easily get yourself to be more productive and centered.

–  Reinforce a positive mindset – being aware of what your brain tells itself regularly, is the first step of breaking the cycle. Mindfulness is a great way to see how you talk to yourself when you’re not actively listening.

–  Reduce anxiety and panic attacks – the best way to reduce anxiety is if you know how to bring yourself back to reality, calm your physical sensations and re-evaluate your thoughts.

–  Being here and now – there isn’t a way to enjoy life if you aren’t present with the flow of what happens. Mindfulness is a great way to be present.

Over thinkers seem distant, uninterested, forgetful, anxious, or even depressed. Mindfulness, as a meditation, or as a consciousness practice, can help break the overthinking cycle and overthinking patterns reinforced by negative thoughts or fears. It’s proven to help reduce stress and promote relaxation, reinforce a positive mindset, reduce anxiety and panic attacks, and bring people to enjoy life more by being “here and now”.

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