Thinking too much about your future? Beating yourself up over your past mistakes? Worrying what others are thinking of you?
Gets ka namin, Breaker. Gusto mo lang naman maging prepared, makahanap ng solutions, or maiwasan ang pagkakamali mo, but there is a big difference between problem-solving and overthinking.
Kapag sinabing problem-solving…
It is “something that goes into your mind but you don’t allow your thoughts to take over you. You think of solutions,” sabi ni Carl Pascua, Senior Pastor and Motivational Speaker, in his BreakThrough the Lens video.
Kapag naman overthinking…
It is “something that goes into your mind and your thoughts start to take over you. Your emotions take control of you,” he said.
It’s time to assess, are you solution-focused or problem-focused?
There is no shame kung nagsa-struggle ka, kaya nga andito kami to help you BreakThrough.
Check out these tips from Carl Pascua.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #1: Distract yourself.
Kailan ka madalas mag-overthink?
Napapansin mo ba na it happens kapag mag-isa ka lang at tahimik ang paligid, kapag nakahiga ka sa kama at nakatulala sa ceiling? Instead of doing nothing, ganito na lang gawin mo…
“Do something productive para doon matuon ang isipan, oras, at atensyon mo,” tip ni Carl.
It helps because habang distracted ka, your brain may find better solution to your problem kasi mas relaxed ka.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #2: Write it down or share it to someone.
RELEASE is the key here, Breaker.
I-release mo na ‘yung mga taong unhealthy for you, este, ‘yung thoughts mo pala.
‘Yang bigat na nararamdaman mo at mga gumugulo sa isipan mo?
It will only get heavier and darker kung ike-keep mo sa self mo. Talking it out or writing it down will allow you to understand your situation better and process what you’re feeling.
Siyempre better if may pagsasabihan ka talaga. May mga taong willing makinig sa ‘yo at i-comfort ka, Breaker. Tulad namin, you can text us at 0999-227-1927 or call 0931-805-0802.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #3: Unplug and plug.
Mag-unplug ka sa mga bagay or tao na nag-a-add ng stress sa ‘yo, at mag-plug ka sa mga activity that will give you benefit and happiness.
Maglaan ka ng time to evaluate, Breaker.
Hindi sa lahat ng situation “G!” or “Yes” ang sagot mo, minsan kailangan mo ring sabihing “No” or “Thank you for thinking of me pero pass muna ako” for your own well-being. It’s called boundaries.
There are battles in life that are not meant for you to fight and burdens that are not meant for you to carry.
Ask for the LORD’s wisdom in determining what to prioritize para hindi mo pino-problema ang mga bagay na hindi mo dapat problemahin. Gets?
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #4: Practice decision-making.
Madalas kasi nasa-stuck tayo kaiisip ng problema hanggang sa lumipas na ang mga oras at araw, wala pa ring progress.
You need to move forward and think of solutions, Breaker. ‘Wag kang ma-stuck sa kaiisip but make sure to act on it.
“Make decisions and stick with them kahit na feeling mo mahirap pa siyang gawin,” Carl said.
Kung hindi ka confident sa decision mo dahil natatakot kang magkamali or you just don’t know what to do because there are too many options, you’re on the right path.
You’re on the right path because mare-realize mo kung gaano ka ka-limited as a human and you need the LORD, who knows your past, present, and future, to depend and trust on.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need,” sabi sa Matthew 6:33, NLT.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #5: Take deep breaths and hug a pillow.
Try mo now hanggang sa gumaan ang pakiramdam mo, Breaker. Nakakatulong kasi ang paghinga ng malalim to reduce anxiety and stress.
Ang astig netong explanation ng Michigan Medicine in their article Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation, “It (deep breathing) sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.”
Calming din to hug a pillow and cry kung kinakailangan, advice ni Carl.
Interesting din ang sinabi ng Penn Medicine in their article Why You Should Cry – 5 Reasons to Let It All Out, “When we cry we are actually relieving our body of countless toxins and hormones that contribute to elevated stress levels. This in turn can help individuals to sleep better, strengthen their immune systems, and avoid gaining weight.”
You see kung gaano ka-healthy ang paghinga ng malalim at pag-iyak?
Itong next tip, ‘wag mo palagpasin.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #6: Seek professional help.
Kapag ginawa mo na ang lahat and hindi pa rin nag-work, it’s time to let go and move on.
Chos lang! Pinapa-smile ka lang. Pero seriously, kung napapansin mo na wala pa ring improvement, it’s okay to ask for help, Breaker.
“Professionals can give you more strategies and assess your struggles,” sabi nga ni Carl.
BreakThrough Overthinking Tip #7: Find REST in the LORD.
When was the last time na nakatulog ka ng mahimbing because your mind is free from worries?
The LORD wants to give you that, Breaker.
Open your Bible to remember kung gaano Siya ka-big, ka-strong, at ka-powerful sa kahit na ano mang hinaharap mo. Magpatugtog ka ng praise and worship songs and hayaan mo Siyang punuin ang puso at isip mo ng Kaniyang peace and joy.
Come to Him, Breaker. Tulad ng pag-rely ni Carl kay LORD when overthinking starts to take over him, “When the world is too noisy and when my mind is in worry, I start to pray and ask for mercy.”
You can watch the full BreakThrough the Lens video here.
Bago ka umalis, we want to leave you with this verse in 1 Peter 5:7 NLT, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
The LORD listens. He cares. He has the solutions to your problems.
Gusto mong samahan ka namin mag-pray, Breaker?
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