Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there in the first place.
I think we have all faced moments where we cannot help but over-analyse and overthink each and every one of our actions. It could have been after an important interview, an encounter with an acquaintance, or even just how you interacted with various people during your day. We over-examine how we spoke, what we said, and possibly even our body language.
Once this chain of thought starts, it doesn’t take long to go down a spiral of self-contemplation and self-doubt. In those moments, it is important to regain control. Firstly, it is necessary to acknowledge all that we feel, and recognise that a lot of these are possibly just due to the fact that you are overwhelmed by your emotions. Once we become more aware, it is easier to use logic and reasoning to rationalise these emotions.
Instead of dwelling on the “what ifs,” focus on the “even ifs.”
This would help you plan for the worst-case scenario, and in most cases, realise that they are
controllable and attainable. Focus on what could be done to make it better and to manage it in the best possible manner.
There are always going to be certain circumstances that are not under your control. On these
occasions it is vital to let go - either by distracting yourself until the event has passed or stopping and reasoning. Often by worrying so much about the future, we end up forgetting to enjoy the present, and then end up regretting it later. Embrace it all instead because, for better or worse, no amount of overthinking will change the outcome of said event.
Either way, you got this!
You are strong. You are important. You are enough.
You will be okay and it will get better.