Many of us are far too familiar with the overwhelming cycle of anxiety that exhausts every area of our life. Self-doubt, overthinking and fearing worst-case scenarios become a force of habit that hinder our ability to freely rejoice and encourage self-development. However, our anxious nature can certainly be beneficial to our personal development if managed effectively. Here are five ways we can make overthinking our superpower:
1. Get your creative juices flowing:
Though our overthinking is typically considered to be an enemy of progress, it certainly allows us to explore different ideas and issues in a much more abstract fashion. This helps us see things in various perspectives and visualise innovative ideas which ultimately expands our creative vision. We’re able to construct highly-detailed scenarios and vivid fantasies, giving us a head start in the creation process. That being said, our imaginative capacity is usually sincere and unparalleled, allowing us to potentially devote time and energy effortlessly to any creative endeavours. Invest in yourself and consider capitalising on this great deal of creative leverage and you probably won’t regret it!
2. Solving problems can become a piece of cake:
Overthinking has a negative connotation, but it drastically improves our observation and analytical skills in case any future problems arise. Thanks to our overthinking, we’re well aware of the ups, downs, ins, and outs of whatever situation we’re forced to tackle. We ensure that every slight aspect of the problem has been both suitably addressed and penetratingly scrutinised. Our attention to detail means we often unlock points and solutions that others easily overlook. Though we might struggle to come to a decision straight away, the breakdown and persistent rumination should result in exceptional analysis and a possibly intelligent solution to our problem at hand.
3. Turn overthinking into action
It’s typical for an overthinker’s ideas to remain dormant because we’re too often immersed in deep thought to take any action. Convert this mental habit into physical action so you can deal with any issues or situations in a more proactive and conscious manner. You’ve mentally rehearsed and prepared for whatever you’re dealing with, so now it’s time to see it manifest in the flesh. In fact, seeing your thoughts turn into things bursts your mental bubble and gives you that reality check that you most definitely need. We’re lucky enough to possess our meticulous thinking patterns so, theoretically-speaking, this should motivate us even more towards seeing our dreams turn into reality. Overthinkers can have amazing ideas, but if we don’t actually implement them, then they remain just that – ideas.
4. Know yourself inside out
We can be our own best friend if only we channelled our anxiety more positively. Not only does our introspective ability help us routinely examine our mentality and emotions, but this reflective state also reveals special insights such as our strengths and weaknesses, assisting us on our journey towards personal growth. In addition to our own emotions, we’re also deeply empathetic towards others and can picture ourselves in their shoes with no trouble at all. Mindful introspection means we get to improve and reinvent ourselves by staying aware of our personal climate, who we are and where we aspire to be.
5. Setbacks are easier to handle
Dealing with adversity isn’t so bad as we’ve already considered (and catastrophised) all the possible sequence of events that can take place in the foreseeable future. Our habit of overthinking therefore enables us to formulate our own contingency plan to survive any of the preconceived setbacks. Expecting the worst and mentally confronting these possible setbacks is quite therapeutic as we’re either prepared for the real setback or, even better, pleasantly surprised when it fails to even occur.