Are you someone who constantly obsesses about every minute thing. and then ends up feeling anxious? Congratulations, you are an over-thinker!
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly-you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.” – Eckhart Tolle -The Power of Now.
Do you feel like you can’t stop the cycle of thoughts in your head and relax even for a minute?
Do you find it hard to shut off your brain at any given moment?
Are you trapped in an over-thinking mind?
Here are the 8 telltale signs that you are trapped in an over-thinking mind and tips on how to break free:
1. Insomnia is your constant companion.
An over-thinker would know the difficulty of insomnia all too well. When you are all by yourself and without any distractions that is the time when your thoughts barrage you with full force.
You get stuck in a cycle of replaying scenarios and reconciling your thoughts until it reaches a point where you feel paralyzed with worry and anxiety.
You should try a few relaxing activities before going to bed like meditation, yoga, coloring, reading, or talking to a loved one. Engage in any activity that gets you out of your head and into the present moment and lightens you up.
2. You live in a state of constant fear and anxiety.
Do you play a lot of what-if scenarios in your head? Are you afraid of uncertainty so much so that you want to control every damn thing around you?
Then you are living too much in the future and overthink a lot.
It is good to have goals and make plans to reach them but it is not possible that everything in life will go according to our plan.
Learn to be flexible rather than letting fear paralyze you into inaction.
Want to know more about being an anxious over-thinker? Read 18 Things That Any Anxious Overthinker Will Understand
3. Stiff joints and shallow breathing.
If you are a chronic over-thinker and always stressed out, it will show in your body because our minds and bodies are connected.
Excessive worrying causes emotional blockages in our chakras and restricts the flow of prana or vital life force in our body which will show up as fatigue, headaches, stiff joints, and shallow breathing.
Yoga and pranayama are very helpful in clearing out energetic blockages in our body. Regular pranayama lowers our breathing and calms down our racy thoughts.
4. You are indecisive.
Do you suffer from analysis paralysis?
Do you think about all the possible permutations and combinations in so much detail that your brain gets tired of reanalyzing everything and you ultimately end up doing nothing?
Learn to include your gut instinct in decision making, take action, learn on the fly, and course-correct on your way.
5. You have a hard time letting go.
Do you keep ruminating over what someone said to you or why someone hurt you?
Do you replay scenarios in your head thinking you might be able to extract one more important piece of information if you rethink it one more time?
If this rings a bell, then you are making your presentation more difficult due to what happened in the past. Take the lesson from what happened and let the other stuff go.
6. You second guess yourself a lot.
People who overthink, live a lot in their heads and therefore they are out of touch with their intuition or inner voice.
They seek outside opinions and validation before taking any decision.
Try to take out some time to spend with yourself in solitude whether in meditation or other activities where you can quiet your incessant thinking and let your inner wisdom guide you.