O Is For Over Thinking
Some of us have thoughts whizzing round in our head all. the. time. Although they might be things we need to give thought to, it is not always helpful to let our focus run to these 100 times a day.
What will you have for dinner tonight? How much will the train cost at the weekend? Will your son manage his shoe laces at PE? It is a feature of 21st Century living to overthink often quite trivial issues, and let them steal our attention from what is important at that time.
To develop a Mindful Mindset is to turn our full awareness to what we are doing at that time – to turn down the multi-tasking, and be fully focussed on what we are doing at any given time. The key to this is not to try and stop overthinking; the more we think about it, even stopping it, the more of our attention it gets, the less likely we are to be able to move away from doing it.
To be able to successfully stop overthinking the key is to start thinking MORE about the things we are doing, or want to be focussing our thoughts on – this is an active process of mindfulness which can be used during your daily tasks just as much as it can during meditation.
Here are some questions you could ask yourself through the day to help you keep your thoughts and attention on what’s happening in the moment
- What temperature does this feel?
- Does my right-hand feel different from my left?
- What part of my foot is touching the floor first?
- Can I hear anything when I close my eyes?
- Is there a colour differentiation on these?
- Does the smell of this food evoke any memories?
The more attention you turn to what you are doing, the easier it becomes to give it your full attention, and the less over thinking you will do. It will be challenging to begin with, remember to observe your thoughts, but not beat yourself up when you find your mind wandering… I’d love to hear how you get on.