Overthinking causes anxiety
Overthinking, self-doubt and second-guessing yourself affects millions of people every day.
Do you ever feel the simplest choices and activities can become the most difficult choices to make?
Many individuals feel that every choice they face is a situation of high pressure; they overthink everything they do.
People plagued with anxiety and find it difficult to make even the simplest choices, like what to wear to work.
I’m going to show you a few common signs of overthinking too much, and hopefully learn to rectify it and ease your anxiety.
Overthinking – the art of creating problems that weren’t even there.
Continuously seeking approval and confirmation
If you are repeatedly asking friends to help you make decisions, and then follow up by repeatedly asking them if they are sure in their advice.
You likely have an issue with overthinking your choices.
The same applies if you seem to be compulsively seeking permission for the choices you make among your colleagues and loved ones.
Continually asking for confirmation and approval is not only frustrating to those around you but is a clear indication of overthinking.
Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.
If you often find yourself speaking in circles attempting to explain what you’ve done, or why you did it, you’re probably overthinking too much.
Should you feel the need to over-explain all you do, believe, or think, you’ll probably be nervously overthinking too much in your everyday life.
Are you continuously apologising for things, even if it’s not your fault? Over-apologising is a typical example of overthinking everything.
If this is true of you, then you are anxiously overthinking everything, even if it’s your unvoiced thoughts and ideas.
Don’t ruin a new day by thinking about yesterday. Let it go.
Continually over analysing conversations, situations and decisions etc. can do more harm than good.
It creates paralysis and prevents you from moving forward if you are concerned about every conversation or situation you find yourself in.
If you continuously ask others to assist you in determining what the possible outcomes may be, then you are likely over analysing things.
Jumping to the Worst Conclusions
We can all be guilty of jumping to conclusions from time to time.
But if you discover yourself doing this continuously, your mind may be trying to tell you something.
If you immediately jump to the worst conclusion in every situation, you will perhaps be struggling with anxiously overthinking.
No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.
What to Do About It
If you identify with most of the items on this list, you’re probably struggling with overthinking.
Many things can cause one to overthink things too much, but mostly it is when we struggle with anxiety.
Initially, being aware of the issue is half the challenge, while the other half is looking for assistance and working on it.
If you’re struggling to work through your anxiety or need some guidance, see a life coach or a therapist to help you through it.
It’s not a simple feat, but if you’re working on it, you can overcome your anxiety and lastly put an end to your behaviour.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein
Do you you find even the most straightforward situation stressful in your life?
Tthere’s a good chance you are struggling with over analysing the situation too much.
Over analysing even the simplest decision or situation can cause extra stress.
To over analyse will put more strain on your already anxious mind, making everything worse much.
Should you find yourself exhibiting any of the behaviours I’ve listed in this article?
Please do yourself a favour and speak to a professional or ask for help from your loved ones.
Overcoming your anxiety and stopping your overthinking and worrying is a challenging task, but the advantages are worth the effort.
I hope you found this article helpful in identifying the source of your anxiety.
May it give you the courage to seek out the assistance you need to work through it.