Overthinking is a strange topic to relate to these images I know but it’s something that has been playing on my mind recently and I was keen to put pen to paper (not literally) and note down some thoughts on the matter (ironically overthinking my overthinking).
As I’ve got older it seems easier to overthink things. Whether it’s work or personal life you can start to end up focusing on something and running that chatter through your head continuously until even you aren’t sure what you are saying. These moments tend to happen at only the extreme ends of the spectrum of having either too much time to yourself and being isolated for too long (rather poignant now) or having not enough time to yourself and being overly stressed. Either way the result is the same, thoughts going round in your head endlessly recycled, reanalysed and overly thought beyond any logical reason…and I’ve always wondered why this is, why it is simply so hard to get out of your own head.
What I’ve come to realise over this time in isolation is that too much time spent in our own heads removes us from living in reality and means we are living in our own thoughts only. This to me seems quite dangerous and puts you in a position where you are likely to perceive things very differently to how they truly are. Seems to me that the key becomes to be disciplined and getting into the routine of knowing when you are overthinking and shutting it down…but that’s easier said than done.
At the moment, having got a good structure to my days now, having settled into the lockdown, I am able to fight back against overthinking and be more disciplined in breaking out from it when I know I’m doing it.
It would be great to know if any of you have similar issues with overthinking and being in your head too much. Even if this is about one thing or more commonly for lot’s of things.
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