Don't believe everything you think
Don't believe everything you think. I saw that quote recently and WOW...! did it grab my attention! I do have a long-term habit of over-thinking and letting my imaginings get the best of me. Usually this is triggered by my own reaction to something that has happened - my internal reaction to something external. Maybe I internalized or personalized someone else's actions, am ruminating about something I did or said, or I'm grappling with a fear or feel worried about something.
Whatever it was that triggered me to get stuck in my head, when I believe thoughts that aren't based in reality, it can negatively impact my behavior, my choices, or how I show up in a relationship.
Not everything I think is true so it's really critical to examine my assumptions and snap judgments. I'm grateful that I've learned to catch myself in this space and to notice when I'm stuck in my head. When I see it happening, it empowers me to challenge my thoughts and bring curiosity to the process so I can explore alternative possibilities. Doing this helps me come back to my center and often reduces feelings of distress or worry.
Most times, I can do this exploration and processing on my own by giving myself the time and space. I use a variety of practices to help me see more clearly, such as a walk in nature, relaxing in the sun, letting myself take a break, soaking in a bubble bath, or writing in my journal to explore what's going on inside.
This inquiry helps me see the ways I may be off track or the lesson I'm being invited to learn about how I'm responding to life circumstances. With more clarity, I can make conscious choices about next steps and move forward.
How do you respond when you catch yourself over-thinking?
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