Is Heavy Thinking Ruining Your Life?

Over thinkingThe mind is like a vehicle! It’s given in good condition with sufficient fuel! The way you steer the wheel (THINKING!) , can lead you to “wonderful treasures” or “destructive destinations” ever known to mankind.

Perhaps, the world would be a better place, if more people spent time “thinking” about circumstances, consequences, decisions BEFORE taking action. Anyone you can think of? politicians, media folks, Ex-s … ahem..

What about you? Are you a moderate thinker? Heavy thinker?

How do you know, when heavy thinking is gradually ruining your life? The simplest answer is that it paralyzes you in certain functions of your daily lifestyle.

  • You can’t get that problem or situation out of your mind (a distraction, obviously!)
  • You thought about all angles, but it still does not make sense.
  • You think that if you spend enough time thinking about it, you will figure it out.
  • Over stress yourself and occasionally those around you.

At some point in life, we all go through these phrases of heavy thinking. However, if it is a part of your everyday routine, where you....
  • Run things that happened to you over and over in your head
  • Think “I should have said this”, “I could have done this”, “I wonder what he/she thinks of me”
  • Then… it will become a problem.

Heavy thinking can lead to..

Worry By over thinking things, you make them more and more complicated in your mind. It can turn something fairly simple, into a big pile of worry!

Over-caution All the “what if” questions can sometimes lead to negativity.

Doubt Many people doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worse of all, they doubt themselves.

Indecision When worry, over-caution and doubt come into the equation, making a decision can be a daunting task.

Things to do when over thinking takes over the mind

If you have already tried praying, meditating, exercising, here are a few things to remember.

There are some things, despite your best effort you will not be able to change it. You may not LIKE it, but you must ACCEPT them, and move on.

It’s near impossible to find a “exact point” where you will have “everything figured out”.

Try not to constantly relive situations and wish you had made different choices.
Things may be hard and difficult. Your mind has the ability to make it even harder!
Set a deadline for decisions that you postpone. For example, over this week-end I will decide on …..
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.~ Lord Buddha

“Thinking” is something that is common to each of us. How do you manage to strike a balance between making the “right” decision and not letting heavy thinking get in your way?

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Adam Steer, Better Is Better said...

One the books I have on the go right now is Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Third Edition. One of the things it talks about is the fact that we humans are the only creatures that have this "dysfunctional" ability to live stresses from the past and from the future (as projected) in the present. Apart from creating obvious roadblocks to creativity, efficiency and objectivity, this also creates all kinds of havoc physiologically. The book is worth a read.

Good post.


Gwynn (SereneJourney) said...

I believe the key to happiness is living in the present moment - right here, right now.

If you're stuck thinking about what you could have said, could have done, or what's happened to you you're stuck in the past.

If you're forever planning, setting goals, you may be stuck in the future.

Thinking's not necessarily a bad thing - it helps me gain perspective on situations but I totally agree with you that too much thinking can be problematic.

As for striking a balance between the "right" decision and not letting heavy thinking get in the way - these days I try keep perspective on how important the decision is. Does it really matter? Some decisions seem right but later prove to be wrong. The reverse is also true. So quit worrying about it, make the decision, and move on!

Great post!


Sam said...

very good post!

rummuser said...

I am not much of a thinker. I do not have the patience. I trust my instincts to take care of me. I am too busy to think.

Carla said...

I think my issue is not thinking enough, but it depends on the subject matter. My challenge is striking a balance.

Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk said...

My Brain is My Favorite Toy. It gives me great joy. :)

Shamelle said...

@rummuser: For me at least, thinking is something that happens effortlessly! In a way its good and bad!

@Carla:Yes, striking balance is definitely challenging.

@Jean: "My Brain is My Favorite Toy" he he good one!

Anonymous said...

I agree deadlines do help!

Anonymous said...

I tend to overthink and overanalyze. I am improving. It would stop me from doing things that needed to be done. It can become a sickness.

Helene said...

I used to do this when I was younger, but I have learned to relax more an turn off the "heavy thinking." Thanks for your contribution to Take Charge of Your Health Care.

Dennis Dalton said...

I am guilty of too much thinking quite often. I'm going to play more; glad summer is here!

Check me out


Daphne @ Joyful Days said...

Nice question, Shamelle. I think I used to think too much, and over time have learnt to focus on only one thing at a time, preferably what's important and will make a difference. Good writing!

Anonymous said...

I think I do this. My problem is thinking what im going to do for fun in the future. Bout to become an electriction and going to work and coming home sounds like the main thing Ill be doing until I retire. Over thinking will cause you to not find anything fun in the present or future. Only the past seems fun to me. Well maby im thinking too much right now. Like Gwynn said when I only focus on the Right Nows life seems to look positive again.

Anonymous said...

I actually had this problem too. All of those is what I'm experiencing but what's a effective way?

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