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  • Writer's pictureTina Chan

The Overthinker

Once again, I find myself tangled in the web of overthinking. It's a labyrinthine path that seems impossible to escape, trapping my mind in a never-ending cycle of thoughts, doubts, and anxieties. Overthinking has become an unwelcome companion, whispering incessantly in my ear, clouding my judgment and filling my days with unnecessary stress.

I've always been a thinker, prone to analyzing situations from every possible angle. While this quality has served me well in many aspects of life, it has also become a double-edged sword. Instead of providing clarity, my thoughts often spiral into a chaotic whirlwind, leaving me feeling overwhelmed and mentally exhausted.

It's as if my mind has become a theater, constantly playing out scenarios and conversations that may never come to fruition. I replay past events, dissecting every word and action, searching for hidden meanings and regretting missed opportunities. Future possibilities are not spared either; I conjure up elaborate scenarios, envisioning all the ways things could go wrong, and meticulously planning for every potential outcome.

The weight of overthinking is burdensome. It's a heavy fog that engulfs my mind, making it difficult to focus on the present moment. I often find myself getting lost in a maze of "what ifs" and "should haves," second-guessing my choices and questioning my abilities. The simplest decisions become arduous tasks, as I overanalyze every option, fearing the consequences of making the wrong choice.

The irony is that I am aware of the futility of my overthinking. I know that most of my worries are exaggerated or unfounded, that I'm constructing elaborate narratives in my mind that rarely align with reality. Yet, breaking free from this self-imposed prison feels like an insurmountable challenge.

I long for moments of tranquility, where my mind can rest and find respite from the constant barrage of thoughts. I yearn for the ability to embrace uncertainty, to let go of the need for control, and to trust that things will unfold as they should. But how does one quiet the noise within?

Perhaps the first step is acknowledging that overthinking is not a sign of weakness but rather a habit that can be changed. It requires patience and self-compassion, recognizing that I am not defined by the thoughts racing through my mind. Practicing mindfulness, grounding myself in the present, and redirecting my focus to what is within my control may offer some relief.

In the end, the journey to overcome overthinking is a deeply personal one. It's a constant battle, requiring vigilance and a commitment to self-reflection. I will continue to seek solace in writing journal entries, using them as a means to untangle the knots in my mind and gain clarity.

One step at a time, I will navigate the labyrinth of overthinking, confident that I can find my way out. It may be a long and winding road, but I am determined to break free from its grip and embrace the peace that comes with a quieter mind.

TRUTH: I need to constantly remind myself, the voices in my head aren't facts. And journaling before sleeping helps with unloading thoughts in my head.


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