How can I stop overthinking about my life?

As a natural “over thinker” myself I really appreciate this question Rushab!  If I’m not careful I find myself overthinking everything!  Asking questions of what if this happens or maybe I should have done this.

There are a few practical things that have really helped me in my life to stop overthinking things so much.  The first is to just recognize when I’m doing it and then remind myself that worrying about things will not actually solve any of my problems.  Another thing that I have found that really helps is evaluating what I’m over thinking.  Asking, what can I actually change, and letting go of the things I have no control over. There’s a passage in the Bible that really has helped me when I find myself overthinking things too much…

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even King Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious saying what shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or what shall we wear?  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient of the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:25-34)

Whether you believe the Bible to be true or not, this message is powerful!  Worrying and overthinking things will not add a single hour to our life and each day has enough to focus on so why spend our time and energy overthinking things we cannot change.

– Julie


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