Happy Friday, everyone! On today’s post, I’ll be talking about what has been going on with my life lately, and something really excited I want to share with you! Also, a few tips I have been learning and using in myself that has helped to stop overthinking at night. Because let me tell you, my brain during night time is super active. It is when the great ideas come and when I feel more productive. But also, is the best for me to start overthinking everything and when all my “demons” come to hunt me. And it sucks so much!
Also, I’m so excited to say that in two days I’ll be seeing my boyfriend again after five months of being apart. I just can’t wait any longer. Five months is a long long time.
5 Ways To Stop Overthinking At Night
If I’m good at something is for sure, overthinking. It has never been easy for me to fall asleep sleep at night, not even when I was little. So in all these years, I have learned a few tricks that have helped me with that problem. Although I have to admit, sometimes I forget about all those tricks, because overthinking ends up being a priority in my head. And at the end, the whole point of these ways to stop overthinking at night is making this problem the last thing on your list.
And believe me, I know how hard is not to think about that argument you had earlier (or days ago) with someone. Finding the perfect comebacks when in reality, is already too late. How upsetting is that? I always think I should write them because they can be useful for another time, but I never do. I think you should try it for sure!
Or you might be overthinking about that problem that can’t leave you alone at night. Because people, we have to sleep at night. And sadly, the problems will be there the next morning. It better to have a good night of sleep and wake up with fresh ideas on how to solve it.
So pay attention to these five ways to stop overthinking at night! And write them down somewhere you will see when you go to bed. That way you will remember these tips!
- Related: How To Fall Asleep Faster At Night: 3 Different Ways – Part 1
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1. Read or watch something that will distract you
The first thing I do is to grab my iPad, pick a random book and start reading. Why is this always my number one solution to overthinking? Because reading about other people’s problem is so much more fun than thinking about my own. For a few chapters, you will forget your struggles and have some fun while your mind is busy doing something else. And it also should help you to fall asleep.
Although, I wouldn’t recommend reading a new book or watching a new episode of that show you are loving. That can end up on a sleepless night as well. And the point of these tips is helping you to stop overthinking at night to have a better night of sleep. Not to spend the whole night awake. But I wouldn’t judge you. I do that way too many times. Sometimes the book is just too good to stop.
So like I was saying, it should only distract you until you feel like falling asleep. Just concentrate on something else! Even if your brain is super good at multitasking. Make the effort and enjoy the story of that character!
2. Relax, close your eyes, and think “go with the flow”
If after reading a few chapters of the book, my mind goes instantly to the problem. I close my eyes, I try to relax and I repeat “go with the flow” as the thoughts come to my head. I can’t solve all in one night. And I need to learn to focus on the present rather than the what if’s of the future.
These days that’s what keeps me awake at night. The future. Not knowing where I’m going and what I have to do to achieve my dreams and have it all. It can be so hard! Especially since brain loves finding solutions. I’m the kind of girl who needs to have plans for every situation. Do I want to move in with my boyfriend? Okay, let’s make plan A. It sounds too difficult? Let’s move on to plan B. Does it seem too unrealistic? Let’s start with plan C! As you can see, I do think a lot.
Just find those words that will put your mind at ease. My phrase is, go with the flow, but you should choose something that will speak to you better. Try to find a short phrase that you can chant over and over again. Not a whole quote that will be hard to remember. This for sure will help you to stop overthinking at night.
3. Think about something else
Okay, so maybe you aren’t into books or TV shows, and the phrase is not helping to put your mind at ease. What should you do? Think about something else! The options are endless. A fun childhood memory, a stupid joke your friend told you, or even memes! Yes! Memes will help you too. Even though people in this forum (mostly Gloria) don’t think memes are good for the brain. Either way, they do help you to distract your brain, so that has to count as a benefit, right?
Like I said, options are endless. So just scroll through Facebook, read some articles, watch funny videos. Just think about something else. And again… do it remembering you have to sleep too. We want to stop overthinking at night and sleep like a baby. You don’t know how many times I have gotten lost in Instagram stories, not noticing easily half an hour just passed. It happens so fast!
4. Make your to-do list for the next day
You might not be so busy the next day, but write anything that you will be doing the next day. You can write on your to-do list: “overthink”. Give yourself an hour (or more if you need it) to just think about what is hunting you. Write those things that are bothering, so you will know where to start. Stop overthinking at night and do it in a moment when you can actually help yourself.
Or just write basic things like, take a shower, wash the dishes, walk the dog. Just try to plan your day and that will help to make your worries go away. It works for me, so it will work for you as well! I concentrate a lot while I do this. And at the end, I feel super tired because I was thinking a lot. So points for me for killing two birds with one stone!
5. Create stories
If you have a great imagination like me, this will come easy. And is something that really helps when I want to stop overthinking at night. Normally, after I stop reading my books, I try to create another story. With other characters and other situations. Just like if I was reading a book or watching a movie in my head. Since I’m already tired, doing this gives me that final push I need to fall asleep.
In general what you have to do is drive your thoughts to something else and distract your mind so you won’t have to overthink when you are about to sleep. I know this happens a lot and it can be a little hard to make it stop. But with little effort and following this tips I know it can be possible.
Do you have other ways that help you to stop overthinking at night? I would love to know what you do! Let me know in the comments!
What’s On The Road Vol. 1
I was thinking the other day that I wanted to write more about my life. To share what has been going on with me, my favorites and other fun stuff, like giving you guys more freebies (that I already have planned). I love designing them, so if you have any request about one in particular just let me know in the comments! Or by email or social media. Anyway, like I was saying, I wanted the opportunity to get more personal with you. I just happen to love reading about other’s people lives, it’s the best when I can relate to others. Also, that kinda sounded like I’m very nosy but I swear I’m not. Although… I do have to admit I had amazing stalking abilities when I was in high school.
I wanted to start saying that I finally made my mind. After thinking way too much, and considering other’s people opinions too much. I decided that I want to be a full-time blogger. I don’t know if I born to be a blogger or not. But I enjoy this too much to just ignore it. I already did that for a whole year and I didn’t want to ignore my heart any longer. I was working on something else, but it wasn’t making me happy and I was just fooling me into thinking that was my true passion.
It is scary. I am scared. But I’ll be doing the best I can to make it work. I’ll be buying a few ebooks to start this journey, and I just feel so excited about it! It feels like I can finally be what I have wanted since I was little. I will have the opportunity to be creative and have a business. Because even if some people don’t realize it. Blogging takes a lot of work, time and effort. Or like we say in Spanish: “sangre, sudor y lagrimas” (blood, sweat, and tears. Or is that too dramatic? Either way, I’m feeling super happy and I can’t wait to grow this blog! My Elephant on the Road is ready to be bigger!
So if you have tips, let me know in the comments! I’m so ready to learn!