5 Ways to Overcome Overthinking and self-criticism

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5 Ways to Overcome Overthinking and self-criticism

For doctors who are programmed into doing so from the first year of medical college

Overthinking is when you do excessive thinking but never take any real action. It leads to unneeded stress and creates problems that didn’t even exist in the first place. It robs the joy out of the present moment. 5 Ways to overcome overthinking and self-criticism

And what’s worse is that once you spiral into overthinking, it becomes really hard to come out of its ugly trap.

But today I’m going to share with you 4 ways that not only stop overthinking but also encourage self-reflection and problem-solving. 5 Ways to Overcome Overthinking and self-criticism

1. Always Note down Negative Thoughts

Writing about your negative thoughts and emotions can be quite therapeutic. It slows down ruminating thoughts and helps you better analyze your situations. When you write down your worries, you may even find that you have been stressing unnecessarily over silly things.

When sit down to write, start by asking yourself how you’re feeling, why you’re feeling that way and how can you work to change it. These questions will help you slow down your mind, focus on your situation, and think clearly for solutions.

2. Go for a run or do some squats

Physical exercise is a proven way to fight stress and anxious thoughts. When you work-out, your body releases endorphins which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers. Even clinical trials have verified that physical exercise can help fight depression and anxiety.

3. Start Living in the Present

Almost all overthinking is caused by living in a moment other than the present. Instead focus on what’s happening right now. Make every hour count by learning a new topic or solving more questions. Use Social media only for limited time daily.

4. Practice Meditation

Research shows that even a few minutes of mediation every day can have a profound impact on your life. And you don’t even need to do anything intricate. Just close your eyes and focus on breathing slowly.

5. Start using a Calendar

Most smartphones are now equipped with calendar apps (think google calendar) that help you manage your time efficiently. Using a calendar may, at the beginning, look tedious but it is the best way to organize your time. You can plan out which classes to attend, which subjects to dedicate more time to, and on which days you should appear for a GT.

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