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Studies show that anywhere from 25-40 percent of the people in the U.S. are introverts. By definition, introverts feel more comfortable thinking about their inner thoughts and ideas, rather than what is happening around them. For the most part, they enjoy smaller groups of people and prefer to know them closely. By nature, introverts are also known to be overthinkers. When you pair these two traits together, is it possible that we overthink our peace away? That is what we are talking about today.

Am I an Introvert?

Introverts have a tendency to carry on doing what they are used to doing or what they prefer to do. Sometimes what they do is because they have always done it that way. That is ok at times, but for introverts, that can become an issue. Because introverts prefer alone time and are comfortable thinking about their thoughts, they can become isolated without recognizing their need for other people. Below are attributes that can help identify if you or someone close to you is an introvert. Do you recognize these traits?

  • Enjoy time spent alone
  • Have only a few friends
  • Being around people is draining
  • Avoids small talk
  • Pays attention to details
  • Think best when alone
  • Often misunderstood
  • Very few people know the real you

If you or someone you are close to exhibit these traits, there may be a struggle with overthinking as well. Below we will talk about being an overthinker and what that looks like.

Do I Overthink?

Overthinking isn’t just thinking a lot. It is defined as having repetitive negative thoughts. If you find yourself unable to stop the repeating thoughts of your past or future, especially if they are upsetting or negative, you may struggle with overthinking. Often times being an overthinker can disrupt our lives. If we don’t come to a place of being able to seek help for it, it can prevent us from enjoying our present life. Over thinking is also known to disrupt relationships. Could you be overthinking your peace away? Below are some examples of thoughts we may reel over and over in our minds, if we struggle with overthinking.

  • If you constantly relive your mistakes
  • You mostly have negative thoughts
  • Seeking reassurance often
  • Having intrusive thoughts often
  • Overly worried about the future
  • Second guessing yourself a lot

When reading over this list, it makes sense that having these traits can affect us greatly. How we allow ourselves to think is crucial to our mental health. Just because you have always had a tendency to think one way, doesn’t mean you have to remain that way. We can take steps to change our thoughts and stop overthinking our peace away.

How do I Balance My Negative Thoughts?

With so many circumstances it is said that learning to live in the present, or what is happening right now, can help change your thought pattern and outlook. You may ask what it means to live in the present. It is focusing on what is going on right now, what do you see, what can you feel or smell and changing your focus and thus your thoughts on that. What are you doing right now? Not taking steps to change reoccurring negative thoughts can only result in things staying the same. Why not try to make a difference in your thoughts? Could you use some inner peace? Below are some suggestions that could help you.

  • Recognize that you are having a negative thought
  • Take a breath in, are your thoughts about the past or future
  • Ask yourself if there is anything you can change about the thought right now
  • If not, change your thoughts on to something positive, enjoyable
  • List things you are grateful for, physically write them down
  • Write down what you are feeling
  • Find someone to talk about your feelings to

Deciding that you desire a change in the way you think is a huge step. Our mental health is affected greatly by the things we think about. Decreasing the overthinking can increase your peace. Are you ready to take a step toward peace?

Upstate Restorative Counseling is here. You are not alone. If you have struggled with negative thoughts and desire to have more peace in your life, reach out. We have a team of counselors who are trained to help you in taking your next step toward your life goals.