I have had this problem for many years. For me when I start to overthink I begin to feel anxious and this feeling does not leave me until I have an answer to the problem I am stressing about. It consumes me and I cannot focus on anything else but the problem. My problems with this are when I feel like I have made a mistake or I have not been fully informed on a situation.
Over the years I have picked up different bad habits to cope with my anxiety but one that has stuck with me to this day is biting nails. I have broken the bad habits from time to time but I slowly crave back into the habit. I broke my habits with the help of friends around me, whenever I would bite my nails they would catch me and tell me to stop biting. Them holding me accountable really helped me. I also got to the point where I had great time management and I didn’t have much to over stress about. But then college apps came in and my habits kicked back in and I started to have more anxiety. It is a work in progress for me, there are great days where I don’t have anything to worry about but there are days where I feel like these thoughts consume me. I have incorporated exercise and music into my daily activities to help myself.
I found several sources from help one source says to catch yourself overthinking, once you catch yourself you should notice what that is you’re worried about. Once you catch yourself you need to set a deadline for yourself to stop thinking about the issue. If you don’t set a time limit you won’t stop thinking about it. To avoid the thought from consuming you try to listen to your favorite music or soft music to distract yourself. If this doesn’t work try to repeat the solution to your problem to yourself, you have the solution so there is no reason to be anxious. There are several researchers saying the exercise is a great way to clear your mind and help improve mental health. If you have the time go for a short run or do a pair of push-ups. And remember their perfection is hard to achieve, sometimes impossible it is okay if you’re not getting things right.
If you feel that you need to reach out and receive professional help it is okay. It is normal to want to get help from someone. I have received help and I would honestly recommend it to everyone. If you don’t have the help accessible to you try to take advantage of VCU’s counselling service. It is an experience that I have benefited from, talking to someone and receiving input and advice for the problems that don’t seem to have an end or answer to me but is crystal clear to someone else.