29 Uplifting Quotes To Help You Stop Overthinking
Have you ever found yourself thinking about a task or problem so much that it becomes much harder than it should be?
Overthinking consumes your energy and decreases your ability to make decisions. It also increases your likelihood of experiencing anxiety and worries over the task at hand.
When you don’t allow yourself to ponder too much, you are more efficient, have more inner peace, and you are likely to be happier.
It took me a while to realize that overthinking was directly related to my negative moods and impacting the quality of my day.
For example, when I was in the shower and my mind was free, I would catch myself overthinking something.
If I was on a long drive and didn't have to concentrate on anything but driving, I would also find myself in a deep state of rumination.
Sometimes it feels good to ruminate. When I am dwelling on a problem, the continuous thoughts seem to be a way to manage the problem because I feel like I am “doing” something about it.
I'm acting on the problem by trying to solve it. I am spending my time actively thinking, so that must mean that I am not passively allowing this problem to happen, right? Not really. But that's sometimes how it feels in the moment, as it lessens the stress in the short-term.
However, people (including me) often ruminate on issues that are unsolvable. So while we may feel like we are taking some kind of action, the truth is that we wouldn't have to overthink something if it could be solved, we would just solve the issue.
We also overthink in an attempt to change the past or control the future — both of which are futile. Rumination about the past and the future morphs into feelings of regret, shame, guilt, worry, and distress.
Overthinking can become a bad habit that can cause you emotional suffering and steal your joy. You need to catch yourself in this habit and do the work to redirect your thoughts to something more positive.
If you need some inspiration to curtail this bad habit, please read on!
29 Uplifting Overthinking Quotes
Stop Overthinking and Relax
If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
— the Dalai Lama
Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?
— Shannon L. Alder
Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life… My precept is, “Do something, my sister, do good if you can; but, at any rate, do something”.
Overthinking is parasitic. It’s viral. It’s deadly, even. Letting yourself fall victim to overthinking doesn’t just kill your happiness, it destroys who you are. The mind is a beautiful and complex thing, and the only person who can hurt it is yourself.
— Genereux Philip
The more you rationalize, the more you move farther away from your authentic self.
–Shannon L. Alder
Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It's important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.
Overthinking, also, best known as creating problems that are never there.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
— Clement Stone
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
— Albert Einstein
Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
— John Collins
Stop Overthinking at Night
I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.
— Jonathan Safran Foer
Stop worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Focus on what you can control. Stay positive. Enjoy today. Expect good things to come.
— Karen Salmansohn
Although I have no idea what tomorrow may bring, I am going to think positively and hope for the best.Read Related:How To Stop Overthinking
— Karen Salmansohn
Put your thoughts to sleep. Do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
— Baltasar Gracian
If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.
— Dale Carnegie
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
— Les Brown
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Stop Overthinking About Relationships
The axe forgets; the tree remembers.
— African Proverb
Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.
— Brian L. Weiss
Relationships are mysterious. We doubt the positive qualities in others, seldom the negative. You will say to your partner: do you really love me? Are you sure you love me? You will ask this a dozen times and drive the person nuts. But you never ask: are you really mad at me? Are you sure you’re angry? When someone is angry, you don’t doubt it for a moment. Yet the reverse should be true. We should doubt the negative in life, and have faith in the positive.
— Christopher Pike
Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
— Mary Manin MorrisseyRead Related:37 Personal Development Tips That Will Change Your World
Sometimes, you overthink things so much that you ruin something before it even begins, then you beat yourself up, replaying everything to your friends and in your mind.
— Kirsten Corley
Overthinking ruins friendships and relationships. Overthinking creates problems you never had. Don't overthink, just overflow with good vibes.
Don't think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home, then follow its path.
— R.M. Drake
You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks and months over thinking the past. Trying to put together pieces, imagining what could've been, should've been or would've been. Or you can pick up the pieces off the floor and move on as a stronger, smarter person.
— Nicolas Sparks
I’m tired of being inside my head. I want to live out here, with you.
— Colleen McCarty
The more I think about it, the more I realize that overthinking isn't the real problem. The real problem is that we don't trust.
— L.J. Vanier
If you find yourself overthinking things in your life, remember some of these quotes. Keep them on hand so you can refer to them when you need some inspiration to move on with your best life.
Putting an end to rumination, second-guessing yourself, and making negative predictions is much easier said than done.
However, if you practice this consistently, you will learn how to limit your catastrophic thinking patterns and develop a happier and more peaceful mindset.