Overthinking happens to the best of us.
Whether it’s about a social situation or a professional one, it can be difficult for our minds to keep calm when we’re nervous about an interaction or a confrontation. It can cause us to overthink our issues and can lead us away from solving the problems at hand.
However, a little bit of mindfulness can go a long way to helping you stay calm!
Focus On What Will Go Right
When it comes to overthinking, we’re often fixated on what will go wrong.
If you’re overthinking in a professional situation, you might be thinking about ways that your project will fail or something that could embarrass you in a presentation.
In your personal life, it might prevent you from hopping into the dating world if you’re the kind of person who frequently overthinks those kinds of interactions.
When you find yourself doing this, it’s important to do two things:
- Stop for a moment and take a deep breath.
- Imagine what positive outcome there could be in a given situation.
By allowing yourself to calm down for a moment, you’ll give your mind more space to consider the more positive possibilities of a situation.
Perhaps your presentation or project goes just right, and you receive praise from your colleagues. Maybe that date you’re nervous to go on goes so well that you plan a second date on the spot!
Stay Positive And Keep Moving Forward
Keeping these positive outcomes in mind can help prepare you for a given situation. It can also help take some of the pressure off of you, which in turn can help boost your confidence for better performance in any number of situations.