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The Extra Cost of Being an Overthinker

Hello, there. The other side of me, being an overthinker, will be speaking to you today. Are you overthinking at times, as well? You can’t sleep, can you? I know because sometimes, it also keeps me up at night. What could, what should or what will happen tomorrow – different scenarios are playing in my mind. I actually contemplate about this. Perhaps, I can put the blame to me, being an engineer? Engineers love problem solving. We want to arrive at the solution, no matter how long it takes to get there. It’s just hard for us to give up. In fact, I have even tried solving intriguing math problems in my sleep back then. We think deeply. However, sometimes it becomes a little too deep.

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The bright side of being an overthinker

The act of overthinking can sometimes be good. It helps us evaluate the situation and options to arrive at the best solution. However, from a different perspective, the act itself can be negative. Looking back, I overthink because I want to make the best decisions in life. I play the situations over and over, and I don’t do this only for myself, but for all the people involved. Thinking about one’s self – that’s given. But overthinking starts when I also think how my actions will affect others.

The price you pay being an overthinker

Cycle repeats. I’m just letting my thoughts and anxiety consume me. “What if I do this instead of that?” Being an overthinker, do you know what the cost is? It’s happiness, and it is a heavy price to pay. The more you fight it, the more you think about it, the more you can’t sleep, the deeper you fall into the hole.

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Being an overthinker, you actually spend time contemplating about meaningless things to the point that you end up spending more time thinking about the situation, instead of the time it would have taken to solve it. I know it is easier said than done, but accept the fact that not all things are meant for YOU to solve. Let things go, let them take their own course, do what you just can.

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The antidote

I am happy that over the years, I have learned how to manage overthinking although there are some nights it still attacks me. But, if ever I find myself again overthinking, I just immediately change the channel in my mind. It could be TURNING AWAY, IGNORING MY THOUGHTS, and DOING SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Over the years, this is the process I have used. Thinking that happiness is at stake, I know that it’s worth the try.

What also keeps me at peace is the reassuring message from this verse. It eases my anxiety and worry. Most especially, it calms my soul.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Think about this. If you don’t control your thoughts, these very same thoughts will pay the price of your future.

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Britt | Not Your Mom's Gifts
Britt | Not Your Mom's Gifts
April 13, 2020 5:59 am

Love this post! I’m an overthinker for sure. Great tips for controlling your thoughts!

Caitlin Dani
March 30, 2020 9:15 pm

We totally understand what it’s like to be an overthinker. There are definitely good sides and bad sides to it.

Cindy Ingalls
March 30, 2020 10:42 am

Over thinking is easy to do but so non-productive!

Elicit Folio
Elicit Folio
March 30, 2020 9:57 am

I love this article! I too am an overthinker. But the point you made about controlling our thoughts was so powerful. Especially now with so much negativity in the news. I will share this article with some of my friends.

March 30, 2020 6:55 am

nice post dear keep it up, keep spreading the info.
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March 29, 2020 8:33 pm

You can definitely miss on a lot of things in life if you are an overthinker. It’s good to think things through when it comes to important decisions, but also to let yourself go and discover other experiences in life that only require you to say yes. It’s like regret, you never regret the things you do, just the ones you don’t.

Nicole San Miguel
March 29, 2020 10:49 am

I’m also an over-thinker and it’s really hard to sleep at night. I think I should also practice ignoring my thoughts.

Katie Lam
March 29, 2020 1:03 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic! We can only focus on things we can control, and not overthink things we can’t. Stay safe and healthy!

March 29, 2020 12:51 am

I honestly catch myself overthinking one in a while but I am a lot better then I use to be. I would always get anxious and think of so many different outcomes. I have learn to let go and relax. Great article!!!!

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