Advice · Anxiety · Happiness · Lifestyle

The incredible power of the mind

Overthinking :

Something is on your mind and you continuously think about it, the thought gets deeper and you start thinking about circumstances, events and possibilities that could be… in the end you too many far out thoughts racing through your head.

Everybody at some point in their life will be able to relate to this. Whether it’s thinking too hard about going back to school, or something you said that you wish your hadn’t. We all do it.

Overthinking is more often that not, seen in a bad way. Maybe you’re worried about school. It’s only a week away and you’re already panicking about how fat you’re going to look in your uniform, how heavy the workload will be, even tripping up the stairs. Overthinking is thinking about all the possible situations (usually in a bad sense) happening .

Overthinking every situation is such a natural reaction for me, and most people. I am so interested in how the mind is so capable of changing your mood and running through thousands of consequences through your head. The mind is very powerful and controlling which is scary to me.

It can be quite isolating, making you feel anxious and a prisoner in your own mind, not being able to get away from the thoughts that fill your head in a matter of seconds.

“I need to be casual, but not too casual. Dressy but not too dressy. I need him to think i just threw on the first thing I found and that I’m not taking this too seriously or overthinking it or even that I was thinking about it at all. Because I’m not. I’m totally not thinking about him, and I don’t want him to think  I was thinking about him but I don’t want him to think that I’m not thinking about him, because clearly he thought about me enough to ask me out and it would be mean not to be thinking about him at all, so I need just the right amount of thinking , and I’m not sure if that means boots and a skirt or skinny jeans and ballet flats. Help!” – Gemma Halliday

Often the mind can take over and you’re left feeling so lost and out of control, but the best thing to do is to try to distract yourself, and if it becomes too invasive again in your mind, give yourself a set time to worry about it (10-15 mins), let yourself think, then go back to doing something that you know will clear your head – eg exercise. And if that doesn’t work, ask yourself ‘is there anything I can change about what I’m worrying about’.
Overthinking takes up way too much time&energy. Think of all the things you could be doing instead! 

Life is short, do amazing things, see amazing places, and have fun! While you still can.



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