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How To Stop Obsessing Over Your Problems

Stay happy and positive. Read on to find out how you can kick the nega thoughts.

Problems are unavoidable in life. The best way to deal with this is to tackle your concerns one at a time, without overthinking the issues or allowing yourself to sulk for longer than necessary.

Studies show that the process of rumination, or repeatedly going over a problem in your mind, is very common among women. But instead of helping you solve your problems, this thought pattern can actually make stress even worse.

A Habit You Need To Break

"When you're worried, negative thoughts and memories are more accessible in the brain, and you'll use them to interpret the thing you're ruminating about," explains Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, professor of Psychology at Yale University and author of Women Who Think Too Much. "This interferes with your ability to solve dilemmas, so they persist, which can lead to more stress and, eventually, depression."

How To Stop The Rumination Cycle

Don't even try to solve a problem when you're all worked up about it. Distract yourself by calling a friend or digging into a book. Then later, when you're calmer, throw yourself into problem-solving. Write down the pros and cons of strategies, then create a plan of action.

For example, if you received a lukewarm review at work, enroll in a course that will improve your skills. "Getting the issue out of your head and finding a solution will break the grip that stress has on your mind and body," says Nolen-Hoeksema.

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