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Just do it: Break the Habit of Overthinking

We discover new pieces of ourselves when we put ourselves out there, when we do things that are out of our comfort zone. You can not do that if you will always put yourself in your little overthinking cocoon, and forever be paralyzed to do anything that scares you.

Most of the time we spend hours, even days, thinking about what could happen, thinking about what we should do.. or if we really should do it at all, and let’s be real, often times, we are just wasting our time!

Life is too short and too precious for us to spend it wondering around, thinking everything over and over again before making a decision, when all we really should be doing is enjoying it to the fullest.

Overthinking is just weighing you down

There is a major difference between weighing things up or taking the proper time to make a decision before acting, and overthinking things over and over again until you feel like crying.

Weighing things up is necessary. Doing so will help you clear out your mind and realize what is the most reasonable step to take. While on the other hand, overthinking is just like a shackle whose only purpose is to inhibit us from accomplishing anything.

I mean, think about it for a second. How many times have you ever wanted to make a change at work but didn’t because you were too afraid of what could happen? How many times did you want to text your crush but didn’t because you thought too much about it? How many times have you ever stopped going out with friends because you made yourself too anxious?

That is all thanks to overthinking. You tend to think too much about a particular situation, and soon enough, you find yourself thinking about the worst possible scenarios, and convince yourself that is exactly what is going to happen if you do the thing you have in mind.

Overthinking will end up affecting your career, your love life, your social life, every little part of your life if you don’t do something about it! It is great to be a grown up and think about things before doing them, but overthinking things will just stop you from discovering new things and learning different parts of yourself. You see, we discover new pieces of ourselves when we put ourselves out there when we do things that are out of our comfort zone. You can not do that if you will always put yourself in your little overthinking cocoon, and forever be paralyzed to do anything that scares you.

Break the habit.

One trick on how to stop overthinking and start being a little bit happier is simple: You have to trust yourself. Accept there are things you won’t be able to control, and those bad things will inevitably happen whether you make the right decision or not.

Cut down the spiral of negative thoughts that circling around your head the minute you start overthinking and just do it. You will feel incredibly better once you have finally done the thing you’ve been thinking about for hours or even days.

Everything will turn out to be just fine, and even if it won’t, you’ll find a way to overcome it

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3 Comments

  1. Cha

    overthinking welcomes fear. and fear paralyzes us. it limits us to become the better version of ourselves. i agree. we have to break the habit. yes, it is hard to break a habit but we MUST do it if we want to unlock our potentials. 🙂

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