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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 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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Cha of littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.