Overthinking

Note to future self…

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this question:

How do we know we’re overthinking something?

Perhaps the most straightforward answer is that we’re overthinking something whenever we become aware of the possibility that we’re overthinking something.

Mental Cycles

Mental cycles is another concept that I refer back to when I think of overthinking is mental cycles. I feel it’s a good metaphor to help me make sense of what’s going on in my brain, why certain things happen when they do, the fact that you can reset your mental state and even the notion that there’s certain cyclicality to your thought process.

Takeaways

There are no concrete takeaways to this short post. These are just some quick thoughts on overthinking and mental cycles. Two quick tactics that have proven effective to combat overthinking include:

  1. Letting Go: a lot of the things that we think are controlling us are exclusively in our heads.
  2. Focusing on yourself: this includes the things that you can control.

Now back to work…