- Take an excessive amount of time thinking about decisions?
- Stay up at night, twisting things around trying to see every possible scenario?
- Over analyze something positive until it doesn’t appear very positive anymore?
- Immediately think of all the bad that’s going to happen if you do something?
If you answered yes to any of these, you aren’t alone. Problems making decisions because we fear being wrong or want to mitigate risk happens to us all at some point.
Psychologists call this rumination, or overthinking.
Overthinking is a learned habit; a defensive mechanism to the possibility of failure. Overthinkers are vulnerable to continued sadness, negative thinking, weakened ability to solve problems, and irrational thought patterns.
With our increased capacity to think, this is inevitable. Thinking things through in a logical manner is one thing, but analysis paralysis is another. Focusing on every small detail can make you lose sight of the big picture.
Thinking endlessly may sound like the right way to make a decision, but many find themselves focusing on the negative. They become anxious and end up talking themselves out of choosing a path. They’re unable to embrace the unknown and move forward.
This doesn’t have to be! You can face your fears, find your flow, and refocus your attention. You can break this spell. You don’t have to be held hostage by your next manic thought.
- Better Decision Making
- More Positivity, Motivation, and Progress
- Less Helplessness, Negativity, Fear and Self-Sabotage
- Happier and Simpler Life
- New Experiences
- Emotional Stability
- Healthier Social Life
- Calmer, Clearer Mind
- Attention in the Present Moment
- Comfort With the Unknown
- You constantly analyze things and prevent yourself from living a happy, productive life, or having meaningful relationships.
- You replay negative experiences and your thoughts predictably spiral into depression.
- You’re consumed by neurotic thoughts that distract you from the present moment.
- Your attention is hijacked by anxiety about the future or guilt about the past.
2) Put things into perspective.
You can’t foresee all possible scenarios. You have to confront the unknown at some point.
Overthinking is a result of feeling helpless.
When you’re vulnerable to negativity, small issues can get blown out of proportion. Make things easier by revisiting them when you’re thinking clearly.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying. Use them as feedback. Some of the most negative experiences you have can be invaluable for personal growth.
No matter the choice, you’ll be ok.
10) Spend time with people that don’t overthink things.
Adjusting your social environment is important to initiate change.
This takes a little self-awareness. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people that aren’t complicating things. Avoid people or places that put you into a negative mindset.
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