If your thoughts are racing and you can’t seem to bring them under control, repeating one or more affirmations to yourself can really help.
Saying a short phrase over and over can subdue the whirlwind that is your mind and restore calm and order.
When you substitute your wayward thoughts with a simple, yet powerful affirmation, you interrupt the looping flow of electrical impulses in your brain and force it back to a more balanced environment.
Here are 6 affirmations that we recommend you use when you are overthinking things.
I hold the power to control my thoughts if I choose to.
This statement is a reminder that the only person who has control over your thoughts is you.
All you have to do is choose to exert that control as and when you like and your mind will obey.
Repeating this one a few times will increase the effectiveness of those that follow below.
Neither the past, present, or future can be changed through my overthinking.
If you can see that your overthinking has no value, that it can do nothing to change any situation you face, your chaotic thoughts begin to lose their power.
Letting a thought swirl around in your mind time and again is not productive in any sense of the word.
In fact, if there’s a problem that needs tackling, it is a quiet mind that is most likely to produce a solution.
I will not let my imagination plant improbable futures into my mind.
When your mind is in overdrive, one of the common manifestations is an out of control imagination.
It often dreams up the very worst outcomes for any given scenario and this tends to intensify the problem of overthinking.
Recognizing these thoughts as highly implausible will mean they have no soil in which to grow roots – instead they will wither and die.
I cut the strings to my obsessive thoughts and let them drift away.
When you repeat this affirmation, try visualizing a bunch of colored balloons attached to your body.
These represent your unwanted thoughts.
Say this phrase and picture yourself cutting the strings to the balloons and watching them drift off on the breeze.
Keep saying and imagining this until all the balloons have been released and they are no longer visible on the horizon of your mind.
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The true beauty of life can only be found in the present moment.
When you remind yourself that the past can no longer be changed and that the future has not yet been written, any thoughts that dwell in these non-existent realms start to lose their hold over you.
It is easy to forget that the present moment is the only thing that truly exists.
Anything that pulls you back into this now of never-ending birth and death is helpful in dealing with overthinking.
I am far greater than the sum of my thoughts.
Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that our thoughts are who we are.
When this happens, it is common for our minds to get stuck on a particular thought in order to seek some unattainable perfection within it.
But you are so much more than what goes on inside your head.
Once you remember this, you naturally begin to look outwards to the world around you and your unfettered thoughts fade into the background.