“Overthinking will not empower you over things that are beyond your control. So, let it be if it is meant to be and cherish the moment.”
Overthinking is the habit of thinking too much and/or too long about something. Overthinking is also known as ‘analysis paralysis’ because by thinking too much you’re getting stuck in your thoughts and stopping yourself from taking action.
Healthy thinking, conducted on World Thought Day, unlocks the minds, and promotes development and prosperity. Yet overthinking tips the scale towards stuckness, impotence, and a mentality that is locked to constructive possibilities.
The behavior of an overthinker
Within your brain, there’s a constant debate, questioning, and taking apart what you said and did yesterday. Making you look terrible. Analyzing what your partner or relative intended by the remark on throwaway or the sideways glance. Reading and re-reading the messages to figure out the message’s real purpose.
‘What ifs’ and ‘shoulds’ govern your thought as if your future were being judged by an unseen jury and considering it admirable. Not sleeping well, for all the thinking and ruminating will hold you busy throughout the evening. Feeling sorry over the supposed inadequacies and beating yourself up.
Why you overthink?
There can be several explanations about why one person will overthink stuff while another can let life happen blithely. Many of the reasons for overthinking can emerge from early childhood. And the caregivers’ interactions. When a kid your sense of belonging may not have been replicated. You may have needed to second-guess what your parents desired. Either to escape retribution or to gaining their interest. And with the time you lose contact with the stuff you want and need and remember. So by doing it openly which may be attacked or denounced. You can risk embarrassment or humiliation. That can contribute to uncertainty, skepticism, and concern that something will be placed into effect.
Here are 5 simple ideas to help overthinkers stop spinning their wheels.
Overthinking doesn’t sound so bad on the surface, thinking is good, right? But overthinking can cause problems. Here are the simple ideas to free yourself from overthinking.
Awareness is the beginning of change.
Before you will start discussing or dealing with your pattern of overthinking. You need to know anytime you happen to be mindful of it. Each time you’re in trouble or feeling depressed or nervous. Stand back and have a look at the situation.
Distract you to joy and happiness.
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a way to distract yourself with happy, positive, healthy alternatives. However, Things like mediation, dancing, exercise, drawing, and painting can distance you from the issues.
Avoid demanding Perfection.
This is a big one. For all of us who are waiting for perfection. We can stop waiting right now. Being ambitious is great but aiming for perfection is unrealistic, impractical, and debilitating.
Place a timer.
Give yourself a boundary. Set a timer for five minutes and give yourself that time to think, worry, and analyze. Once the timer goes off, spend 10 minutes with a pen and paper. Writing down all the things that are worrying you, stressing you, or giving you anxiety.