I am currently over thinking about over thinking. I think it is safe to say I am an over thinker. Hmm… What does one do when faced with this strange reality? Well for starters I am going to take some advice from the quote seen above It is time to occupy the mind and overcome negative thoughts, a process I have been rigorously attempting to make happen for myself.
I am in the beginning stages of realization in regards to my overthinking tendencies. It has been quite recently since I began to notice just how much my thoughts are controlling my life and all too often in a negative way. As someone who is pretty in-tune with the world around me, I find it crucial to examine all pieces of a situation. This allows me to decipher the truth and determine reality, which is a great skill. However, there is a problem…
What is it? Well, the problem is, I am wrong. Life can not be determined in advance, it is impossible. I can analyze a situation until my brain explodes and create well-informed hypothetical outcomes until the cows come home, but the fact still remains. The future is untold.
I am under the impression that a large portion of the general public is already onto this fact. I myself struggle. When I am wrong, my world can come crashing down. Can you imagine the world where you develop facts from evidence and when inevitably wrong you are crushed? Perhaps you can imagine it, or maybe you are like this yourself.
But it’s not all so bleak, overthinking also causes me to come to some great solutions and outcomes in my life. I am better able to give advice or see new perspectives because I see all the angles available to me in situations. Being an “over-thinker” has allowed me to develop protection against the unknown. I am happy for my ability to help friends with my well-informed thoughts, I like that I can plan ahead for the things I want because I put the right amount of thought into it.
But the truth is it’s not overthinking that has helped me create these tools in my life. Thinking has… Thinking in the way that only I can uniquely do.
Overthinking has caused me pain, stress, and disappointment. When I think about a situation I am clear. When I begin to overthink I fall down the rabbit hole. Overthinking causes me to latch onto negative thoughts, attaching them to reality even if they do not logically belong there and causes me to act irrationally and unclear.
As mentioned it has only been recent that I have even realized that this ails me. Now that I realize the problems with thinking causes me in my life I can begin to break this bad habit.
A good place to start is summed up in this quote “Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off of things that don’t help you. Think positively.”
Sounds easy enough… I have decided to fill my day to day schedule with more things that I enjoy and some new things also. Blogging, volunteering, hanging out with my girlfriends at least once a week and working out. Being mindful of my thoughts, ensuring my thoughts are positive and clear will also help aid in overcoming over thinking.
I feel it is important to appreciate, and nurture the traits within that make me unique and help me in life. Additionally, it is important to be self-aware and work on the things that do not serve me well. Overthinking is something that everyone is guilty of at some point in life, and recognizing the parts of yourself that need less or more “thinking” is a great way to remain positive and ensure you are always on the right path in life.
Are you an overthinker? How do you control your thoughts and stay positive?