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Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton: book review

About the book

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (28 February 2023); Penguin

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages

Order your copy : Here

This book has been kindly sent across by Penguin India in exchange for an unbiased review.

Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. Don't get stuck in a never-ending thought loop. Stay present and keep your mind off things that don't matter, and never will.

Stop Overthinking is a book that understands where you’ve been through, the exhausting situation you’ve put yourself into, and how you lose your mind in the trap of anxiety and stress. Acclaimed author Nick Trenton will walk you through the obstacles with detailed and proven techniques to help you rewire your brain, control your thoughts, and change your mental habits. What’s more, the book will provide you scientific approaches to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself by ending the vicious thought patterns.

My thoughts

Journals are the best way to keep track of one’s progress over the years and the evolution of the person you are now. Although I enjoy going through my old journals, I consciously avoid checking the ones from 2021. My light blue-covered journal holds stories of my constant anxiety and sadness. The harder part was not understanding what was triggering it and how to keep me calm. Only with time, I ended up realizing that anxiety and sadness are due to my persistent neglect of my emotions and my inability to express myself. Also, the fact that my anxiety and tendency to overthink stemmed from sudden lifestyle stress, covid uncertainty, losing close people, and so on.

In his book, “stop overthinking” Nick Trenton, talked about how overthinking and anxiety are intertwined with each other and the mechanism of overthinking spiral works. He also shared that solving one can spontaneously solve another.

At the beginning of his book, he differentiated good and bad stress and explained why a certain amount of stress is needed in our day-to-day life. And help us in finding purpose in life.

He talks about 23 techniques to reduce anxiety, time management, and develop a goal-oriented mindset. Nick suggests taking small steps or dividing a big goal into smaller milestones to keep dopamine and motivation levels high. He shared that fact there will be certain fallouts and failures on the way, but that doesn’t define us as a people, but rather to develop a robust learning mindset. And avoid entering into the failure mindset.

Oftentimes, anxiety and overthinking get triggered due to the absence of proper time management. He focused on the need to have a schedule and try different mediums to find what suits the best. He didn’t miss to say that schedules should be flexible enough to navigate unforeseen circumstances.

The author stressed the need to have close relations where we can share our inner feelings. Talking, or rather say, venting out reduces stress to a greater extent.

It’s a very short book and the author explained a lot of much-needed techniques that will help one to navigate rough times. He brilliantly managed to write in a crisp manner although I would have loved it if he had explored a bit more.

About the author

Nick Trenton grew up in rural Illinois and is quite literally a farm boy. His best friend growing up was his trusty companion Leonard the dachshund. RIP Leonard. Eventually, he made it off the farm and obtained a BS in Economics, followed by an MA in Behavioral Psychology. He likes to say that he has become a professional expert at one of his favorite hobbies: people-watching. Writing, well, that remains to be seen. He is an accomplished skier and dreams of traveling the world and hosting a food show like Anthony Bourdain. However, most of the time, he’s in Chicago.

This post is a part of #blogchatterA2Z2023 andBlogchatter.

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