6 tell- tale signs that you’re an overthinker even if you don’t feel like you are

If you’re someone who worries at the drop of a hat, then you might be an overthinker!
Stop overthinking for the sake of your mental health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Published: 3 Sep 2020, 12:00 pm IST
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There are several times when we find ourselves enmeshed in our own thoughts, and it gets almost impossible to break that cycle. If it is a rare case, then there’s nothing to worry about. But if you think this sounds like you on every other day, then it’s high time to be alert and act. Constant overthinking can lead to serious mental issues like anxiety and depression, which is why it is best to prevent this practice in the early stages! 

Whether you are ruminating about the past or thinking about the future, you can only stop yourself from overthinking, if you are aware of the signs. 

Without further ado, let’s find out about some of the most common signs that could help you break the cycle of overthinking

Sign #1: You find meaning in everything
You always try to unearth the reason behind everything that happens in your life (or not). That means you spend hours analysing every little moment in a day! You might love public places, but they can prove to be both fascinating and overwhelming at the same time. That’s because you will try and deconstruct all that’s happening around you, and trust us, that can be exhausting. Instead, remind yourself that everything doesn’t have an inherent meaning; it’s just that your mind is working overtime! 

Sign #2: Difficulty in falling asleep
Overthinking keeps your mind active and doesn’t allow it to rest at all. With several thoughts racing in your head, it might be a struggle for you to get good sleep. Try meditating or reading a book before bedtime to calm your mind. 

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It’s time to put those sleepless nights behind. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Sign #3: You seek perfection in everything you do
You’re a perfectionist and want to do everything in a flawless manner! It can be a strength but sometimes ends up being a weakness – it all depends on how you use this quality. If you freak out when things don’t happen your way, then it’s time for you to hang loose.

Sign #4: You think more than you do
You think way more than you do and this leads to low productivity. Yes, that’s true. Your mind might be buzzing with ideas, but by the end of it, you really have no time to execute them. So, cut short your thinking process and get the work done on time. 

Sign #5: You have regular headaches
Yes, the same thoughts floating in your head all the time can manifest in physical pain. This is your body’s way of signalling that you need to rest your mind. The best way to tackle this is to do some deep breathing exercises!

Sign #6: You have a hard time making a decision
Since you have so many thoughts crossing your mind, you might feel restless and indecisive. If you face this issue frequently, then try and pick something, and stick to it!

Once you discover how to stop overthinking and live in the moment, you’ll be happier and much more rested!

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Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always. ...Read More

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