Stop Overanalysing Every Thought For Peace Of Mind

An Original Thought

A cascade of thoughts emerge from your mind with a life of their own. One minute everything is fine, the next you’re trapped in a web of destruction.

The thoughts lead you down a trail of nothingness, overwhelming you.

How does this happen and why do you allow yourself to get caught up in the anxiety?

It’s easy to become entangled in our thoughts because we experience them thousands of times a day.

Thoughts pass through our mind for no reason, and if we cling to them, they can cause emotional upheaval.

We give the most attention to thoughts related to our happiness and survival. Situations that disrupt our homeostasis are likely to result in overthinking.

However, overanalysing is a vicious cycle that doesn’t achieve much other than cause stress.

“Just like the child, we get lost in mental events… The more we fixate on and pay attention to these complex mental events, the more intricate the web of complexity that we generate,” states author and meditation master Orgyen Chowang in, Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness.

Contemplate this, when was the last time you had an original thought?

You may find it was weeks or months when you last encountered one. This is because you’re accustomed to reacting to outside events, so your thoughts reflect what’s taking place in reality.

Overthinking can lead to stress because our thoughts generate destructive emotions which affect our long-term health.

Our thoughts are harmful if we overanalyse them, instead of allowing them to pass through the mind unattached.

Recycled Thoughts

We’re notorious for recycling thoughts, so much that it blemishes the present moment.

We’re not really present but caught up in our minds.

Orgyen Chowang affirms, “The first step is to perceive that your mind is naturally pristine, and that your mental events are just passing through. You must deeply realize this.”

Remember back to a time when you were engaged in a leisure activity such as: a sport, a hobby or spending time with friends. Recall how time passed by and you’re absorbed in the present moment, not contemplating the future.

It’s possible to experience more of these “flow moments” according to Hungarian psychology professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Being in the flow means to be in the zone. It involves being immersed in your activity, so your thoughts are present instead of stuck in the past or future.

To avoid overanalysing thoughts, you must first recognise that it’s a natural process you must work with.

To accept we cannot stop negative thoughts means detaching ourselves from being invested in them. We don’t get involved in the mental drama and allow thoughts to flow through the mind, unopposed.

I appreciate Orgyen Chowang’s advice to practice meditation with our eyes open. He outlines three effective ways to bring our thoughts back to the present moment using the Pristine Mind meditation:

1. Don’t follow the past.

2. Don’t anticipate the future.

3. Stay in the present moment.

So, if we are overanalysing thoughts, we simply draw our awareness to the habit. This slows our overactive mind, so we become aware of what is taking place.

“If we want peace of mind and better self-control, we need to accept that it is impossible to control what comes into our minds. All we can do is choose what we believe and what we act on,” affirms author Kelly McGonigal in The Willpower Instinct.

When driven by our impulses alone, we respond to what’s taking place within. We experience runaway thoughts and emotions and wonder how we got there.

What if we identified we’re overthinking and leaned away from the thoughts?

By practicing this simple process, your mind becomes attuned to experiencing thoughts without overwhelming you.

Thoughts are like horses tied to a chariot and you are the driver. If they suddenly take off, there’s little you can do to slow the chariot. However, if you take the reins, you’re well equipped to steer it in the direction of your choosing.

To appreciate the nature of your thoughts it’s important we carve out time to relax in silence.

We’re inundated with noise in our modern lives, we find it difficult to be alone in silence.

Yet, at some point we must set aside our phones, tablets or TV to carry out other tasks. This means reconnecting with ourselves and the natural flow of the mind.

“If you want to lead a more peaceful life, the primary focus should shift from external events to the inner, as a general practice,” avows Jan Frazier in, The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is.

Many people say they have little time to meditate because their lives are too busy. It’s these very people that meditation must become a priority.

Just because we can’t see our thoughts doesn’t mean everything is alright. During a crisis, we may fall to pieces and find it difficult to regain peace and happiness. This is because we have allowed ourselves to get caught up in the stress cycle instead of seeing it coming.

A good way to stop overanalysing thoughts is to move your body via exercise, even a brisk walk. This harmonises the body and mind so we become present, rather then dwelling in the past or future.

Do Thoughts Cause Stress?

Movement involves breathing which calms the body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

When overanalysing thoughts, we’re caught in a sympathetic dominant state. This produces stress hormones that are catabolic. These stress hormones have an adverse effect on our long-term health if we stay in this state for too long.

The parasympathetic branch is the brake on your car whereas the sympathetic is the accelerator. If you accelerate for too long, you’re bound to run out of petrol and grind to a halt or worse, crash.

The biggest movement in the Western world nowadays is mindfulness, which is bringing our thoughts to the forefront of our mind.

Psychologist and author Dr. Daniel Siegel has devised a strategy to notice destructive thoughts he calls, name and tame. When toxic thoughts emerge such as fear or anger, we recognise them and name them silently. In doing so, we become mindful instead of unconscious to our thinking.

Otherwise, we are at the mercy of our thoughts dictating our bad moods. This is clear when your mood changes for no reason throughout the day. Upon closer examination, negative thoughts have been brewing in your mind for days and have pulled you into a negative emotional state.

I enjoy Michael Neill’s perspective in his book, The Space Within: Finding Your Way Back Home who states, “And the best thing about experiencing the peace of mind is that it’s always available, regardless of who’s disappointed in you, what they’re disappointed about, and what you happen to be thinking about it at the time.”

It’s possible to find peace of mind with tranquil thoughts. However, it involves changing habits that no longer serve you.

If you’re committed to reversing these habits, start by witnessing your thoughts more often.

Gradually, they will occupy less energy and you’ll find life pleasant, without the inner chaos that often accompanies it.

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7 Helpful Tips To Sustain Your Motivation

A lot of people think that they have to solely rely on their motivation, drive and ambition while they are striving to reach their goals.

While developing this self-reliance and responsibility is essential, you can definitely make your life easier by utilizing certain tools in the market available today.

Some of the most popular motivational tools you can use include simple things like using blogs, journals, online calendars and planners. All of these modern gadgets can help you stay on track, get yourself fired up and dominate your path when needed.

A blog or journal can be utilized to plan out your steps to reach your goal.

Keep a daily or weekly journal so that you can record your progress, accomplishments, struggles and emotions along the success process.

It’s extremely helpful in tough times because you can read them as reference experience in case a similar situation occurs again.

Such habit of writing something every day is a healthy one because a life worth living is worth recording.

It’s something valuable to do daily and you’ll definitely be grateful for the growth opportunities you’ve had when you reflect them 5 years later.

Next, calendars and planners are also great tools that you can exploit.

There are lots of free apps that you can download to use, so you can access your diaries wherever you are.

There are even apps that incorporate more accountability and publicity where you can share your progress with the world in social media platforms.

If you dare to challenge your colleagues, friends or family members to do the same and compete with each other, it surely will help all participants achieve their weekly goals in a fun dynamic way.

The best motivational tool always depends on your current goals and personality.

If you love writing or want to train your writing skills simultaneously, set up a blog to record your progress.

If you prefer privacy, then just note down your things in a planner.

OR if you love to write but hate to share, then just private everything in your blog so that only you can see what you’ve put out there.

Don’t forget that videos are fun great ways to record the ups and downs of your life.

I am so grateful that my parents used to film me a lot when I was a kid. These video tapes are such priceless treasures for me to savor the older version of myself and remind myself how far I have come.

You should definitely do the same and you’ll feel deeply fulfilled when you re-watch them one day.

Finally, audio mp3s, DVDs or quotes are great way to motivate yourself, especially when you’re driving to work.

Quotes can be placed anywhere in your house so that you can read them every day. They help reinforce your ideal version of yourself and remind yourself why you are working so hard.

Motivation comes and goes. So be strategic with developing your own arsenal of motivational tools so that you are always emotionally supported every day, every hour and even every minute.

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7 Helpful Tips To Sustain Your Motivation

When it pertains to getting things done, motivation can be hard to come by. Yet, that is precisely what is required. A small amount of motivation is needed to do little, simple things, like brushing your teeth. Larger jobs require more motivation to complete.

But how do you find motivation when you have none?

Discover how to really motivate yourself and you’ll achieve more:

1. Use pain. If you cannot complete a specific job, what are the consequences? It may simply be the inconvenience of having more to do the following day. Or it could be the possibility of someone stopping by and seeing how dirty your home is.

Create several good reasons why failing to do complete a task would be painful to you.

2. Use satisfaction. Saving back $25 today might not be too exciting, but the vacation getaway you’ll be taking next year is pretty terrific. Remind yourself of all the advantages you’ll receive. Make a long list that will help to keep the fire burning inside to effectively handle those undesirable or dull tasks.

Envision the future you expect to enjoy from getting your jobs completed. Rehearse your successes in your mind over and over. Produce an image that motivates you take the next action enthusiastically.

3. Set short-term objectives. It’s hard to stay motivated on a goal for more than 8-10 weeks. So, if you have a goal that will require a year to achieve, you’ll run out of gas before you achieve success.

Break objectives that take a prolonged amount of time into smaller sized goals that can be achieved within 2 months.

To paraphrase Henry Ford, “If you take a large job, and break it into small parts, you’ll make it easy.”

4. Make the job more satisfying. Raking the leaves might seem like a terrible way to spend the afternoon, but what if you listened to your favorite music while you raked? You could even invite a few friends over for a cookout and ask them each to bring a rake, for a “barbecue raking” party!

Ask yourself, “How can I make this task as pleasurable as possible?” then listen to the responses you get.

5. Give yourself a reward. You would not go to work daily if you didn’t earn money. The benefit you get suffices to keep you returning every day. Apply the very same idea to keep your motivation high enough to get things done. Think about a couple of things you truly take pleasure in and utilize them as motivation.

Just feeling pleased with your achievements can be a type of reward. Those that struggle with motivation are often hard on themselves. Enjoy your accomplishments and you can be sure to enjoy more progress in the future.

6. Take a deep breath. Few things will drain your motivation faster than an over-stimulated mind. Stay clear on what you’re attempting to achieve and concentrate on the most direct path to obtain it. Deal with one task before moving on to another.

Keep your brain focused on your current job. Meditation is an effective tool for learning how to focus better.

7. Include another person. Going to the fitness center daily can be difficult. However if you know your exercise partner is awaiting you, it’s harder to stay home. The presence of others can increase your level of commitment. Reach out to a friend.

Without motivation, willpower is the only option, and willpower is far more difficult to sustain than motivation. Learning how to control your motivation comes with learning how to manage yourself. There’s little that can’t be accomplished when you find out how manipulate your level of motivation. Even the most difficult jobs end up being manageable.

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