A therapist has shared an ‘instant’ hack to stop his clients from overthinking – and it works on almost everyone.
Mindset coach Paul Sheppard revealed one of the most ‘brilliant’ and ‘bizarre’ mindset tricks he’d ever experienced – and it involves asking yourself an easy question.
He suggests going to a ‘safe place’ and closing your eyes, taking a deep breath down to your belly and breathing out slowly through your mouth.
‘Let all the tension go out around your face, body, and jaw,’ he advised in a video. ‘And then direct your attention to your thoughts.’
‘Next, mentally ask yourself this one question – “I wonder what my next thought will be?” and then watch your mind for what happens.’
Mindset coach Paul Sheppard revealed one of the most ‘brilliant’ and ‘bizarre’ mindset tricks he’d ever experienced
The life coach revealed that asking yourself about your next thought will clear your mind and prevent you from spiraling into overthinking.
Wellness influencer Karen Allen was similarly blown away by the trick.
‘When I first did this, I didn’t know what to expect,’ she said in a post. ‘My mental chatter is non-stop. But as soon as I notice what had happened, I was shocked!’
Thousands who tried out the trick were amazed by how simple it was.
‘A blank screen. What? Nothing? I’m thinking about nothing? I’m always thinking of at least eight things at a time, where’d they go?’ one wondered aloud.
‘This has left me very emotional, in a good way. For years it’s been nonstop in my mind… until now. Thank you,’ a woman wrote.
A third added, ‘The first time ever I’ve been able to stop my thoughts.’
‘I got fixated on what my next thought would be … and nothing came no matter how hard I tried to think. I will try this next time I can’t sleep due to anxiety,’ a man shared.
But not everyone was as lucky with the trick.
‘I’m so jealous of the people saying they had no thoughts. I asked myself that question a few times and then a mash up happened with that question and a Rihanna song. This evidently doesn’t work on people with ADHD,’ a man said.
‘At first I saw myself super curious, like ‘oh, what’s it going to be?!’ – and then I saw the gif of Michael Jackson eating pop corn while I kept asking myself the question. It was like having a brain full of squirrels. Just like all the time!’ a woman shared