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8 things you don’t know you’re doing because you’re an overthinker

Are you an overthinker?

Some people say it’s a blessing to be a thinker when they’re solving problems. But they also say that it can seriously affect their wellbeing.

I know, because at times I’ve certainly been guilty of overthinking even minor worries.

The worst is when you’re thinking without even realizing it!

But it’s not all bad.

Here are eight signs I believe might indicate that you’re an overthinker.

1) You find meaning in everything

Someone you like takes 6 hours to reply, and you can’t stop wondering why.

Somebody makes eye contact with you at the subway, and you spend 5 minutes analyzing it.

You criticized someone at work, but now you can’t stop thinking if it really was the best approach to take.

What does all this mean?

You’re an overthinker, and you want to find meaning in everything.

It’s a little hard for you just to let things be. There’s always a reason for something, right?

2) You think more than you do

Find it hard to make a decision? Can’t stop thinking about the choices at your disposal and the best action to take?

You might be suffering from analysis paralysis.

This cycle can continue so long that you end up doing nothing.

For me, I’ve learned to just take one option and stick with it. It takes practice, but it can help to learn never to look back.

3) You get excited when you solve a problem

Maybe you’ve had a theory about someone liking you for weeks, then suddenly they do something that confirms that theory and you’re excited beyond the moon.

Or you’ve been working on a complex problem at work, and then a simple solution hits you out of nowhere.

These are the moments an overthinker relishes. It’s why they think so much in the first place!

4) You can’t just let go things go

You can’t just let things be for what they are. There must be a reason for everything. Then you attach yourself to finding out what that reason is and you don’t want to fail.

There must be a solution for everything in your eyes.

Even if you sometimes think you’ve let it go, the cycle somehow reappears, and you’re back to thinking about it again.

The more you think about something, the more it starts to get on your nerves.

(If you’re looking for specific actions you can take to stay in the moment and let things go, check out our best-selling eBook on how to use Buddhist teachings for a mindful and happy life here.)

5) You’re always seeking new information

Whenever you even get an ounce of information about something, you want to learn more about it. You’re a detail-orientated person.

You’re an avid reader, and your juices start flowing when you learn something new.

New information feeds your overactive mind, and you’re always curious about how the world works.

6) You hate small-talk

The weather? What did I have for lunch? Please.

There are so many more interesting things you’d rather be talking about.

You don’t care about how someone’s day was. You want to know why they do what they do. What’s their purpose in life? It’s deep conversations like this that keeps your mind satisfied.

7) You constantly analyze people

People are what make life interesting. You’re always wondering what someone’s life is like and why they treat people the way they do.

Public places can be both fascinating and overwhelming for you. Nobody walks by just for the sake of walking by!

Their walk already reveals so much about their personality.

(Are you an overthinker? Check out the free video by Justin Brown from Ideapod where he helps you train your mind and turn overthinking into your greatest strength. Learn more here.)

8) You enjoy activities that calm your mind

Let’s be honest; overthinking can be tiring at the best of times.

Exercise. Writing. Long walks. Meditation. You enjoy these things because you finally get some peace from your overactive mind.

When you’re overthinking, you find it difficult just to relax, so these activities get you focused on doing rather than thinking. After all, all overthinkers need a much-deserved break.

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Lachlan Brown

Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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