We all overthink certain aspects of our lives. This unhealthy habit of overanalyzing the past or obsessing over the future often brings you to a negative state of mind that does nothing to drive your forward. The demanding society we live in makes it even easier to fall into the unproductive trap of overthinking. When you let your thoughts or the stories you tell yourself lead to anxiety, you are unable to assess and respond to situations in a calm and reasonable manner.
An incredible amount of scenarios that I’ve created in my brain about the future or the thoughts that I've had in the past were either false or waste. The constant chatter in my mind did nothing to help me accomplish my goals, contribute to my business, or make me feel secure in my decisions. So I started becoming more and more conscious of my what goes on in my head. Instead of entertaining all the random thoughts that are not serving me, I thought about love. Every time I catch myself worrying or over thinking, I would say ‘I love you’ to myself and mean it.
“I love you, Josh. I love you, Josh. I love you, Josh.”
When I go down a negative thought pattern like thinking about all the things that could go wrong if don’t get a certain task done, I return to this practice of telling myself that I love myself. Then the dread, worry, and stress disappear. It get's replaced with the feeling of self-love and self-acceptance.
I encourage you to do the same. This practice, as simple as it is, will allow you to cultivate self-love and develop a kind, loving relationship with yourself.
Love can nurture your mind, body and spirit like no other. When you feel that warmth in your body, you are able to make good decisions. You allow yourself to be mindful of the present. You open yourself up to healing, to building stronger relationships and achieving your optimal self. Self love is one of the strongest allies in this journey to recovery and holistic wellness.
So start it with yourself.