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Reflection Exercise: Are You An Overthinker?

By January 27th, 2021No Comments

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard

Are you an overthinker?  Do you talk yourself out of things that your
heart is telling you really want?  Do you worry about making mistakes to
the point that you end up not making any move at all?  Do you convince
yourself that people don’t like you or understand you?   Overthinking
makes everything seem worse or more complicated than it is.

Today, I spent an hour thinking about how to tackle my to-do list. Where
to start/how much time things will take/what’s most important or least.
It’s not that those aren’t good things to think about, but an hour? I
could have accomplished a good chunk of the list in that amount of time.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t plan ahead and be thoughtful. When it
comes to my children, I think about their safety all the time and I try
to anticipate their needs. It’s always a fine balance of holding on and
letting go.

Being the self-conscious girl that I am, I tend to worry unnecessarily about too many things:

* How people perceive me (Do I come across as stuck up, selfish, timid or unintelligent? Did I just sound rude or pushy? Did I say thank you?)

* Random Accidents (never worried about these things until I had babies)

* Change (will I rejoice in it or regret it?)

* General Messing Up of Stuff (children, jobs, homes,
cars, bills, credit, feelings, nutrition, exercise, politics, the
environment, school, insurance, etc. I could literally go on and on and
all of those categories can collapse into a zillion others. Being a
grown up can be a serious buzz kill if you don’t have an optimistic
attitude about it all. But then of course, there’s wine, so that helps.)

Your turn.  What do you tend to overthink about? Be honest with
yourself.  Here are some ideas to help you stop analyzing and indulge
more in enjoying your life.

* Pray. If you’re worried about anything at all, just
pray and immediately let it go. Remember that you are safe no matter how
things may seem.

* Be thankful for the problems that you don’t have. Instead of creating more worries by overanalyzing, flip it and think about all the things that you do NOT have to worry about.

* Learn to laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself so
seriously. When you catch yourself doing too much – laugh at yourself
and shake it off. Your life will only be as enjoyable as you allow it to

* Develop a thick skin. Work on yourself and build up
your resistance to failure, embarrassment and sucky people. How many
things have you not tried or not said because you were worried about the
potential criticism?

* Trust your intincts. Even if things don’t go as planned, you will learn from it. Believe in the process.

* Give yourself a time limit. Forethought is a good thing. But give yourself a time limit so that it doesn’t turn into procrastination.

* Get out of your own head. Ask questions. Have a conversation. Do some research. Stop going around and around with it.

* Practice staying calm and centered in yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Don’t allow hype and negative energy to invade your space.

Do you want to add anything? Please share in the comments.


is co-authored by Kim Jackson and GG Renee with the intention of
connecting with women through messages of self-love and personal
freedom. We believe that true beauty starts on the inside and radiates
outward, so maintaining emotional health and balance should be an
essential part of every woman’s beauty regimen. We use this platform
as an opportunity to share our personal experiences, and to help other
women who are seeking guidance to find their own truths and live

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