I’ve always been a thinker. I tend to get lost in my thoughts, and at times this can be wonderful and positive, but on the flipside, it can often descend into negativity. I mean, daydreams can be a pleasant distraction when you’re hanging around waiting to see the dentist, but not when you’re using them to escape from reality. So, if you’re losing hours to your daydreams, it might be worth thinking about more fulfilling ways to spend your time.
On a more positive note, being a thinker could mean that you’re a great problem solver, with the ability to use your creativity to come up with fresh ideas. I think it’s important to actually acknowledge the things you’re good at! But there are times when us thinkers fall into ‘analysis paralysis’ – thoughts going round and round your mind, preventing you from taking action. I know for me it doesn’t take much for my thoughts to turn into horrific worst-case scenarios.
Know your triggers
There might be certain points in the day when you know you’re prone to this over thinking. It could be during activities when you’re on autopilot, like while you’re taking a shower or travelling to work. For many people, their minds come alive at night when they’re in bed. Once you figure out what your triggers are you can put things in place to occupy your mind. For me, I ruminate when I’m in the shower; it’s incredible how long you can be doing this for without even realising it! I’ve decided that I’m going to incorporate more mindfulness into my morning routine. If bedtime is your trigger, try writing in a worry journal to clear your thoughts.
The mind is a powerful thing and I think it’s easy to fall into bad habits when it comes to worry and over thinking. Even if you only start by taking more notice, then that’s great!
As you might know from my Instagram page, I love a good quote, so I’ll leave you with this:
“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T Bennett