You Could Sink if You Overthink
Everyone overthinks. Overthinking comes in three forms; recalling the past, stressing over the present, and worrying about the future. It’s different than problem-solving, which involves finding a solution to a particular circumstance. Overthinking can cause a person to dwell on a problem and lead to undue stress, anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. It’s different than self-reflection, which can help a person discover something new or gain a fresh perspective. Time spent overthinking, whether it’s ten minutes or ten hours, won’t enhance a person’s life. When a person realizes their tendency to overthink, they must take steps to change. Here are ten signs that will help you determine if you overthink or not:
- You relive embarrassing moments repeatedly.
- You have trouble sleeping because your brain won’t shut off.
- You ask yourself a lot of “what if” questions.
- You look for hidden meaning in things.
- You rehash past conversations with others.
- You relive past mistakes.
- You question the motive behind a person’s words or actions.
- You dwell on the past and fret about the future.
- You worry about things you have no control over.
- As much as you try to prevent overthinking, you can seem to stop.