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Overthinking is Overwhelming



Overthinking is exactly what it sounds like. 

Thinking too much. 

When doing so, you get caught up in a stream of never-ending thoughts that may or may not have anything to do with anything.


Signs of overthinking include:

  • Lack of sleep 

  • Racing thoughts

  • Over-analysis

  • Hard time letting things go

  • Anxiety

  • Procrastination

  • Catastrophizing

  • Perfectionism

  • Self-criticism


Overthinking often leads to questions which in turn lead to more questions. 


“Who am I? What’s my purpose? How badly do I really suck at this Adulting thing?”


“My husband is being quiet. Is he mad at me? Did I say something wrong? Maybe he hates me?”



Overthinking is something I’ve become so good at that half of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it. 

I think ahead.

I think behind.

I think sideways.

If it exists, I’ve thought of it. 

Even if it doesn’t exist, I’ve probably thought of that too!


Since I have struggled with this toxic habit for years, here are a few tips I’ve learned to help calm the brain and reduce overthinking:


Distraction

When you catch yourself starting to spiral into a tunnel of overthinking, find a distraction. 

Leaving the room can help, however, if you are in a situation where you can not, try testing your five senses. What can you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste? That trick has always helped me in the past.

Other forms of distraction include calling someone, immersing yourself into a hobby or doing mundane housework. 

Find something that works for you!


Write it down

If your thoughts are all over the place, take a minute to write them all out. Doing this will help you make sense of everything while also calming your brain. 

Write down everything in the situation that is bothering you along with all of the positives. 

Help yourself see the good through the bad.


Exercise 

Overthinking causes anxiety which throws our bodies into fight or flight mode. This causes pent up energy needing to be released before it produces extreme tension. 

Something as simple as a short walk can make a huge difference.

Like my dad always says, “Sweat it out!”



Take some time each day to put yourself into a headspace of positive thinking and self-love. 

Pay attention to your body and take action to relieve overthinking sooner rather than later.

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