Overthinking is something that we all have experienced, sometimes in many different aspects of our lives. “Am I being a good enough parent?”, “What if I’m not doing well at work?” are just some doubting questions that can lead to hours of tiring thoughts that can really get us down. This list of the few best books for overthinkers will release you.
The thing that gets in the way the most is your own head. Things should be easier, but the more desperate you are for everything to be simpler, the harder things seem to become. It’s not long until your head becomes a tangle and your thoughts quite literally give you a headache.
A way to get out of your own head is to read the words from someone else’s. There are ways to help you get out of that overthinking maze so that you can take on this year feeling more present, refined, and less crammed with thoughts.
These books do an incredible job of grounding you and guiding you away from those pestering thoughts. By picking one of these up, you will be able to take back control of your mind and live life the way it’s meant to be experienced.
The Overthinker’s Guide to Love by Kristen Ruth Smith
These days, who among us isn’t a relationship-overthinker? This story of one thirty-something woman’s attempt to turn her life into a Love Laboratory and finally ‘figure out where she fits in the ever more complex landscape of sexual spectrums and definition rainbows is bold and candid, funny and heart-wrenching, and coaxes readers into looking at how we define (and overthink) intimacy and relationship.
Each chapter offers an experiment plucked from the author’s real-life complete with data analysis and experiments we can run at home. The combination of earnest storytelling and sincere lessons reminds even the most stalwart overthinker that discovering who we are in love is meant to be playful, fun, and always up for investigation. Please buy it here.
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Rewire Your Mind by John Anger
Many people out there get complicated and challenging advice about overthinking. We don’t need this overwhelming advice but easy to follow tips to handle overthinking. A few days back, I came across this very well-written and understandable short read (125 pages). In this book, the author has explained in simple language that using the power of imagination can reframe our thoughts, reduce stress, and finally stop overthinking. Additionally, plenty of exercises and powerful tips are also written to stop overthinking and moving towards happiness. Please get the book here.
The Body Keeps The Score by Dr. van der Kolk
Dr. van der Kolk uses his 30 years of experience to delve into trauma, how it can affect you and your family for generations. This book helps uncover an alternative approach to therapy and recovery for trauma to heal the mind, brain, and body using tools like sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. Please get it here.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
US Therapist Resmaa Menakem details how racism not only affects your brain but what the physical repercussions can look like in your body. It’s a guidebook with practical advice to help you understand and take steps to heal from racial traumas, and it’s a must-read for those affected by the events of last summer. Please get it here.
The Worry Trick by David A Carbonell
With a scientific rooting in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy — a practice said to help your brain refocus), The Worry Trick is a certified way to help streamline your thoughts. The book gives you multiple tricks for evading your anxiety by first making you confront it. By first understanding your overthinking and why you might be so prone to it, you should be able to combat it eventually. The only way out of the tunnel is through, after all. Please get it here.
Brain Food: How to Eat Smart and Sharpen Your Mind by Lisa Mosconi
This book gives a whole new meaning to the old saying ‘you are what you eat using science, she looks into the connection between what you eat, your gut and your brain, and even what foods can help prevent dementia. Brain Food is also full of great recipes to go along with the food suggestions and research. Please get it here.
Clear Your Mind by Steven Schuster
Steven Schuster’s Clear Your Mind gives comprehensive tips for compartmentalizing your thoughts, truly understanding them, and knowing what the most appropriate action is for each of them. It’s basically thinking your way out of overthinking — an exercise that you should get more adept at the more you read. It also has a firm foot in the present day, as this book argues — probably quite rightly — that social media can lead to a lot of overthinking. Time to put the phone down and to pick the book up. Please get the book here.
Overthinking by David Drive
I found it a straightforward and informative guide designed to assist everyone knows the reasons behind your overthinking issue. The author has discussed symptoms of overthinking, how overthinking affects our daily life and facts, proven tips, and helpful tricks on how to begin thinking decidedly. This book to stop overthinking will help you.
Embrace The Chaos by Bob Miglani
“Embrace The Chaos” explains how you can find calm in the chaos, all through the story about how the author’s trip to India turned his life upside down.
Bob Miglani used to be anxious about his life, overwhelmed with work, and in constant worry about his finances.
But, he adopted a new philosophy when he went to visit India. A country he describes as overcrowded and wildly unpredictable…Which turned out to be great because people live in the moment there. They don’t have that much time to worry and overthink.
Unlike most such books that talk about the scientific side of overthinking. The whole concept of “Embrace The Chaos” explores the matter in a relatable manner – through Miglani’s many adventures in India.
You’ll read about his travel mishaps (overcrowded buses and very late planes included), chaotic weddings he attended, the money problems he had, and much more. He even talks about how he decided to get married after just two dates.
The book is an interesting read, and it has a fun way of showing how you can overcome overthinking about the future by embracing the benefits of chaos and living in the moment.
This list of books to stop overthinking is everything you need to set your mind free.