7 Ways to deal with overthinking

Spending a lot of time thinking over things, especially when all you want to do is to just stop thinking about it, can be quite frustrating. The feeling of being helpless to your own thoughts is tough.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 7 ways to help you take control and deal with overthinking.

1. Be Aware You’re Overthinking

None of the ways to deal with overthinking will be useful to you, if you are not aware of when you are overthinking. You need to first be aware of it and accept that you are overthinking before you can move forward and deal with it. Don’t make excuses for it; just accept that you are overthinking and deal with it.

2. Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

Overthinking is usually associated with negative thoughts, so you need to actually talk to yourself and admit the obvious fact that overthinking isn’t fixing the issue. Decide instead to think of the solution rather than dwelling endlessly on the issue. You can also think of and vocalize positive affirmations and beliefs about the issue, alongside talking to someone who can listen and give useful advice.

3. Distract Yourself

It’s not enough to pay attention to your thoughts and try to talk yourself out of overthinking, you also need to get out and do something to get your mind off the situation. Once you have decided to think of a solution rather than dwell on the issue, so you don’t start overthinking about the solution again, you can distract yourself with something you love to do or people you love to be around. You only need to accept beforehand that overthinking will not solve the problem, so you might as well be happy anyway. You don’t have to feel guilty or bad about it.

4. Put Things in Perspective

Over-thinkers tend to make mountains out of mole hills. So you need to stop and ask yourself, “Is it really that deep?” “Is it really this serious?” “Am I making a mountain out of molehill?” Learn to put things in perspective.

5. Let Not Yourself Be Afraid

It seems biblical, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, it is important not to let fear rule you. Over-thinkers tend to over think things out of fear – fear of the future, fear of not getting it right, fear of making the same mistakes, fear of not doing what they should etc. You should calm down and stop thinking about the worst that can happen. Just focus on doing the best you can, hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. In the end, regardless of what you do, you can’t control or predict the future not matter how hard you overthink.

6. Limit Your Thinking

Know when you have thought long enough about the issue, and when it’s time to move on.

7. Avoid People and Situations That Lead to Overthinking

This can be done based on an understanding of yourself and lessons learnt from past experiences. You should be able to identify the situations and people that can potentially give you unrest and cause your mind to think endlessly.

5 Things That Happens If You Don’t Clean Your Tongue Daily

You brush your teeth daily. It is as white as snow. However, you don’t clean your tongue because you always forget. This is not good as you may be at risk of some mouth diseases. Brushing your teeth is therefore as important as flossing your tongue. This is because bacteria are oftentimes lurking around the tongue and the only way you can get rid of them is to brush.

Jumia Travel shares 5 things that usually happens if you don’t clean your tongue.

1. Halitosis

Halitosis is also known as bad breath and it is one of the biggest consequences of not cleaning your tongue. When you don’t clean your tongue, the bacteria builds a house on it, lives there and if it stays longer than usual, it will give off a foul smell. If you have bad breath, you will discover that no one wants to talk to you.

2. Gum disease

When some people brush, their gum bleeds profusely. You would think they got punched or something. No, it is because they don’t brush their tongue. It is called Gingivitis and it makes your gum red, swollen, and quick to bleed.

3. Tooth loss

Since your gum is weak and susceptible to bacteria attack because you don’t brush your tongue, it may affect your tooth. You may slowly begin to lose it one after the other. To halt this, try as much as possible to regularly clean your tongue.

4. Dull taste buds

You will lose your sense of taste due to bacteria, dead skin and other food residues covering your tongue. As a result, your sense of taste will not sharp. Accordingly, when you take something sweet and you don’t feel the taste on your tongue, it may be due to not brushing your tongue.

5. Black Hairy Tongue

This is like the most advanced stage of a very dirty and unclean tongue. This occurs when the papillae (the small, nipple-like structures on the upper surface of the tongue that give the tongue its characteristic rough texture) is replete with leftover food and drinks {coffee}. The tongue becomes very dark if you don’t clean it. This is harmless, and it disappears after brushing the tongue. Regardless, you don’t want to be displaying a dark tongue to friends.

5 Things You have Lied About on The Internet

Since nobody is physically present to observe or regulate what you are doing online or on the internet, it has become a free for all. A platform where you can do whatever you like. Very few internet users self-regulate themselves. This is why it is easier for people to lie on the internet. Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares some of these lies.

1. Biographical information

Biographical information is a holistic description of yourself. It includes your name, where you reside, language and other basic information. Perhaps, we don’t want to waste time when filling out forms or signing up on social media, we simply enter incorrect information including a fake email.

2. Interests

Some persons lie about what they are interested in. They want to paint a positive picture of themselves online, so they prefer to lie about their interest. You may not be interested in skiing and bowling but because it is a requirement, you just say you are. What will you do when you are invited for an interview and they ask you to ski or bowl?

3. Age and birthday

This is perhaps the online lie almost everyone has told. We have entered other dates besides your actual dates of birth. So, many people have different dates of birth and birthdays online. So, which DOB is your own? Just give your real DOB as it only takes you less than 2 minutes to fill these forms.

4. Your photos

Many people doctor their online photos that you are unable to recognize them. In other cases, they post fake and trendy pictures all in the name of looking good. And perhaps, they do this because they want to get more comments and likes.

5. What you’ve read

The internet has made simplified a lot of things. It is possible to lie that you have read a book and if you are asked to review the book you have read, you can Google and get a summary. Done! So, we can say the internet has made it less difficult not to lie.

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