Overthinking is a harmful habit that can lead to a never-ending cycle of stress and worry. This habit can leave you feeling less confident and motivated, and it can also contribute to various mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation and weariness. When you overthink, you may find it difficult to make decisions or take action because you are constantly stuck in a cycle of 'what if this happens or that happens'.

It's important to understand that the human mind has a natural tendency to think constantly. However, it's crucial to recognize that we don't always have to conform to the thoughts generated by our mind, especially when it's overthinking and leading us towards inner instability, taking away our peace of mind.

Listed below are some suggestions that you may find helpful in managing overthinking:

1) Try to keep our thoughts in normality.

When we think, it's okay to do so up to a certain point, as long as our mind remains balanced and doesn't cause us any harm. Don’t allow the mind to overthink things or remain stuck on a single issue. When thoughts arise in the mind, it is fine to keep it balanced, but when we overthink anything, it means the thinking has gone beyond normality causing us inner uncertainty, stress or worries. Therefore, acknowledge the thought and ask the mind to move on to something else.

For instance, if we're driving to work and witness a car accident, our mind might start thinking things like, 'What if that happened to us too?' In such a case, we can acknowledge the thought and say, 'I understand what you're saying, and I'll be careful.' By doing so, we can move on to the next thought, instead of dwelling on a single thought for too long. This way, we can avoid overthinking and maintain a healthy balance in our minds.

2) Live in the present.

It's important to live in the present and avoid overthinking about a single topic. Overthinking can make the situation worse and ruin both the present and the future. To discourage this habit, make a firm determination to focus on the task at hand. This will help remove any disturbing thoughts from your mind.

3) Remain optimistic.

Instead of getting troubled, balance your mind by asking it to remain optimistic. By doing so, you counterbalance the bad or persistent thoughts, keeping the thought process normal and positive. And when you remain optimistic, you are naturally influencing ‘Nature’ to bring about a positive outcome in life.

4) Break the link when you are overthinking. Sometimes it helps to break the chain of thoughts by:

- Going for a walk, doing some form of exercise, or practicing yoga. Do anything you like which helps stop the incessant thinking.

- Change of place helps too – go to see friends, visit the library, etc. Change of environment and fresh air sometimes puts things into perspective and levels our thinking.

These are a few methods that can help you cope with overthinking. Remember you do have a choice to either line with your thoughts or not. Put these suggestions into practice and reap the benefits of keeping your thoughts balanced thereby feeling anxiety and worry-free.

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifested within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able to help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.