Stop overthinking – you can’t control everything, just let it be.
I shared this post on my Instagram page a while back. It’s a quote I’m sure resonates with many of us.
Will you go over and over in your head what went wrong today, or what could go wrong tomorrow? Do you spend night after sleepless night ruminating about what’s gone wrong in the past or worrying about the future, and not letting your mind switch off?
I’ve been told to “stop thinking too much”, “don’t beat yourself up about it”. That’s because I’m guilty of thinking way too much, and worrying about insignificant things that happen. I often worry about a silly little mistake I made at work or something I said to someone, and I will worry about it when my head hits the pillow at night, then feeling anxious about it the next morning. I keep going over situations in my mind, and it completely messes with my head.
Overthinking creates problems that aren’t even there, and is a major cause of unhappiness. Thinking is a natural and normal human instinct, but when that thinking evolves into obsessive thoughts, worrying about things we have no control over, it can often increase our risk of developing mental health problems, and you could be causing more damage to your health than you actually realise. Once it starts, you end up in a vicious cycle of overthinking which becomes hard to control.
We can’t do anything about what’s happened, it’s been and gone. Neither can we predict the future.
You can’t control everything that happens, so let it be.