Stop over-thinking, it’s wasted energy


I am an over-thinker. There, I’ve said it. I spend too much time thinking things through to make a decision that I could have made in a much quicker time period, and without all the worry and anxiety that I put myself through (just ask my husband who is usually on the receiving end of this over-thinking!).

I’ve had lots of time to think lately, having the luxury of being away from the usual stressful workplace. But, for someone who usually over-thinks things, I’m surprised at how logical I am managing to be, and how my levels of procrastination are dipping (only slightly, it’s not a miracle).

93700-over-thinking-kills-happinessI’ve worked out that if you over-think, you just create negative energy which is wasted on worrying about things that may never happen. And it kills your happiness. It doesn’t mean I don’t worry about things anymore, I just tend to focus a bit more on the situation, analyse and make a quicker decision.

What I have found myself doing more of, is having conversations with myself about why I feel negative or worried about something, and trying to turn it around. It’s a bit like my blog about Blue Monday – don’t let yourself be dragged down by the negatives and turn your thought process on its head. And I’ve got into the habit of asking myself the following questions when I feel worried or anxious about a situation:

  1. Why do I feel worried about it?
  2. Who has control of the situation?
  3. What can I do about it at this present moment?
  4. What would make me feel better about it?

Usually by answering these questions I can put it into perspective and talk myself into not letting it take over my day. The key thing is about control, and taking that back. Realise that you are the only one who can control your life and the decisions you make, and stop worrying about what other people think.

It really is an attitude that I feel good about adopting, and it’s making a difference. Stop worrying and enjoy life.


6 thoughts on “Stop over-thinking, it’s wasted energy

  1. Well done for finding ways to manage Over Thinking, there are so many of us that do it and it just destroys your mood and creates anxiety. I managed to find ways to combat it myself, similar to what you do. If that hasn’t worked I just re-affirm over in my head how I want things to work out, instead of letting the worrying take over.

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  2. I admit i am a over thinker and this helps good posts. I also will continue finding ways to improve it.wasnt being offensive for you to delete my first comment i just posted on here..unless you were overthinking kind of contradicts the blog you wrote..i enjoy conversing with other bloggers if the intentions are good.

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  3. I really like this, as this kind of approach is much better than just saying, “stop thinking so much!” By asking yourself those questions, it’s almost like you’re indulging your thinking mind a little bit, but in a constructive way. Most importantly though, it seems like the questions will ultimately lead to taking productive action or just dropping the issue altogether.

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