4. Choose a distraction that requires your full attention.
Distractions are powerful. When we’re stressed, we tend to overthink and engage in ruminative thinking.
Next time you’re stressed out, instead of using all your energy to dwell, find a creative outlet that requires your full attention. This could be mindful drawing, painting, building something, an intense workout, writing, and so on. Try to find an activity that requires you to focus, and turn to that every time you find yourself being overly critical or analytical.