Do you dwell too much on your past mistakes and problems? Do you tend to overthink exchanges that already happened? If you do, then you will surely relate to these quotes.
We are pretty sure you won’t find another such hand-picked collection of quotes on overthinking on the internet. Each selected after studying loads of expert-speak on overthinking.
We dived 18 levels deep into Google, read through hundreds of articles on overthinking, and hand-picked fifty most insightful quotes from the most prominent thought-leaders in the field.
This was a tough task — a search query of “overthinking” outputs a total of 2,43,00,000 pages on Google. Believe us, we sifted through a lot of chaff to find the best ones.
And then the time it took to arrange them in a streamlined way, and pick out some to created picture-quotes, don’t even ask us. We did a sizable amount of overthink ourselves there.
Surprise: We also made a video with some of these picture-quotes!
In two simple sentences, let’s go over what overthinking means:
Overthinking is thinking the same thing, usually a negative past event, over and over. It’s one thought going round and round in a loop, without any solution or an end.
Excessive thinking dents your confidence, cuts your decision-making power, and steals your problem-solving ability. These quotes will give you a fair idea about what overthinking is, how we become victim to it, and how we could get over it.
Before we start, do you know the name of person who has written the most quotes in human history? No one does! Because the maximum number of quotes are attributed to Anonymous. Watch out for this guy’s contribution at the end of this post.
The research is pretty clear — overthinking is bad for you and it does nothing to prevent or solve problems. – Amy Morin
It steals time and energy, and rarely produces anything worthwhile. And by exhausting you in the process, it makes you more susceptible to its close relatives, anxiety and depression. – Ryan Howes
Our brains are complicated mechanisms, and overthinking is a natural outcome of it. There is nothing wrong with overthinking a bit, but continued fixating on any kind of thought is unhealthy. – Jim Kwik
Overthinking is like a vacuum of some kind—it sucks you in. – Dinsa Sachan
Too much information, too many times of just taking a few minutes to check your inbox, Facebook or Twitter account or how your blog or website is doing leads to more input and clutter in your mind as your day progresses. – Henrik Edberg
It’s like tying yourself to a rope that is connected to a pole and going in circles again and again. – Remez Sasson
Although people believe they are problem solving through rumination, it does not result in any real or actionable solution. In reality, problems sometimes intensify when you dwell on them. – Jessica DuBois-Maahs
If you consistently focus on ruminating and make it a habit, it becomes a loop, And the more you do it, the harder it is to stop. – Thomas Oppong
Many overthinkers believe they’re actually doing themselves a favor by cycling through their thoughts. But the truth of the matter is that overthinking is a dangerous game that can have a lot of negative consequences on our well-being. – Julia Ries
The brain is tricky, to stop thinking about something, you have to think about not thinking about it in an attempt to think about something else. It is despairing. – Regina-Lee Dowden
You spend too much time in the negative zone of thinking, that it becomes like your comfort zone. – Saloni Singh
Overthinking clouds our mind with so much negativity that we forget the possibility that the other people involved in the dispute are basically good people who had good reasons for acting the way they did. – Happier Human
Whether the start and finish lines seem miles apart, or you’re in the middle and struggling to continue, it’s easy to stall in thinking mode. – Aytekin Tank
Understand that strong feelings shape thoughts. Relaxing and lifting one’s feelings and emotional reactions can help control one’s thoughts. – Jeffrey Huttman
Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there. – Tony Robbins
How you see the world is shaped by your life experiences, values, and assumptions. Imagining things from a different point of view can help you work through some of the noise. – Cindy Lamothe
Helping others puts your issues in order by reminding you that we all go through tough times, some much more than you ever will. – Kulraj Singh
Stop waiting for the perfect moment. There is never a perfect time to start a business, to get married, to have kids, to start writing a book, or to do anything else. If you start overthinking, you will never get anything done. – Anastasia
You can’t use your mind to control your emotions. Instead, you need to find a way to fully connect with your emotions beyond whatever your mind is telling you about them. – Justin Brown
Acting is always better than doing nothing. Once you begin to act, the overwhelming feelings that are driving your overthinking into the gutter will no longer feel as insurmountable. – William Malsam
Stop, slow down, and be grateful for the memories you are making right now. Explore the different parts of your life that bring you joy. This can… lead to less rumination. – Morgan Cutolo
Don’t linger on “what if I did this differently”. Take note of what you can do better next time, put that list somewhere you can access it for future meetings, and move on. – Isla Honey
Sometimes your internal weather is going to feel grey and overcast, especially if you are caught up in ruminative thoughts. Rainy weather can only last as long as the pattern of weather that sustains it. Once the pattern disappears so will the rain. – Jason W Birkevold Liem
The best way to stop overthinking is to see it before it happens. – Emma Kopplin
There’s probably one big thing you need to decide in order to move ahead on any project—and, more often than not, once you make that call, the little ones become much easier. – Nell Wulfhart
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. – The Dalai Lama
Turning to wine or ice cream may briefly quiet these thoughts. But in the end, they’re only temporary fixes. The overthinking returns, and now you may have added the complications that accompany an eating disorder. – Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
And then pull the trigger. Step off the plank. You cut through all the doubts and fears and hand-wringing that are holding you back, and just dive in. – Leo Babauta
You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start. – James Clear
There’s no off switch for rumination. Simply telling yourself to stop is like pushing a beach ball under the water. The harder you push, the farther it will pop up. – Bruce Hubbard
Introverts process more information per second than extroverts. And this helps explain why introverts… are prone to overthinking. – Tina Roumeliotis
So rumination clearly sucks. It is associated with depression, worry, anxiety, neuroticism and other personal issues. It may also lead to biases in memory and problem solving. – Matthew Coxon
Expressive writing, also known as written emotional disclosure, is the act of expressing ourselves through writing. This can be a very effective way of processing your thoughts, and can help us in finding ways overcome those thoughts. – Dennis Relojo-Howell
Overthinking ushers in a host of adverse consequences: It sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively biased thinking, impairs a person’s ability to solve problems, saps motivation, and interferes with concentration and initiative. Moreover, although people have a strong sense that they are gaining insight into themselves and their problems during their ruminations, this is rarely the case. What they do gain is a distorted, pessimistic perspective on their lives. – Sonja Lyubomirsky
Overthinking isn’t a switch you turn on and off. As with any skill, managing your overthinking is a lifelong practice, a muscle that I’ll help you develop and flex over time. – Rachel Simmons
Give yourself a break. Distract yourself with something fun that can lift your mood. It may seem like sticking a band-aid on a broken arm, but finding some distance between yourself and your stressors, and then filling this space with activities you already know will make you feel better, has been shown to create greater levels of happiness and lower levels of stress. – Elizabeth Scott
One tip that I’ve learned that did more than detox my mind from overthinking is to turn my often worrisome thoughts about the future into effort and work. – Bob Miglani
When you’re completely immersed in your own problems…, pretend you’re listening to a friend’s troubles and then giving her advice on what to do. When you act as an observer of yourself, you’re less emotional about your problems. – Rachael Moeller Gorman
Despite all the problems overthinkers encounter, they have some of the best qualities in the world. They are talented, original and unique. – Maria Hakki
5 Quotes on Overthinking by Anonymous
Overthinking saps your energy. It’s like a hamster on a wheel – running fiercely but reaching nowhere.
Thinking is good. Overthinking is not. Stop overthinking; life is too short to waste on that.
Don’t ruin a new day thinking about yesterday. Yesterday is gone; why drag it back by overthinking?
Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. Overthinking creates problems you never had.
When you overthink, you recycle sad scenes from your past, and re-live the sadness of those moments again and again.
Thinking too much can hold you back from living a happy and full life. When you can’t control your overthinking, you can’t handle your present moment. And all life happens in the present moment.
If you spend too much time overanalyzing, overthinking, and overreacting, please stop worrying about what can go wrong, and instead, get excited about what can go right.
We are grateful to all these quote authors for crafting such brilliant, unique sayings on overthinking.
Compiling this collection was an arduous task, albeit a joyful one. We fully enjoyed every bit of working on it.
Author Bio:Sandip Roy is psychology writer, happiness researcher, and medical doctor. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related topics.