Sometimes I just get worn out from thinking.
If I’m not paying attention, I tend to be an over-thinker — I ruminate and play out various scenarios in my head past the point of it being productive.
This bad habit can make me agitated and anxious, especially when an answer or solution doesn’t emerge from all of my thinking. In the past, I’d just plunge back in, believing I hadn’t given enough thought to the situation.
Of course, cogitating beyond what’s necessary for analysis and good judgment doesn’t usually offer enlightenment or peace of mind.
Over-thinking zaps your energy, spontaneity, and creativity. It traps your mind on an endlessly spinning gerbil wheel, leaving you exhausted and stressed.
In his bestselling book Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer reminds:
“While it’s commonly assumed that the best way to solve a difficult problem is to relentlessly focus, this clenched state of mind comes with a hidden cost: it inhibits the sort of creative connections that lead to breakthroughs. We suppress the very type of brain activity that should be encouraged.”
But over-thinking isn’t the only reason for a tired mind. Just the demands of life alone are enough to ignite multiple signals in your brain, leading to burn-out, stress, and anxiety. You have to be “on” and focused at work all day. You have obligations and responsibilities outside of work that require your attention and brain power. (more…)