The Over-Thinker's Playbook
Start writing a post
Entertainment

The Over-Thinker's Playbook

The struggle of being a functioning over-thinker

27
The Over-Thinker's Playbook
ntu.edu

To think or not to think? To stress or not to stress? To sleep, or to continue to think and stress? These questions have simple answers, yet performing the actions required of each can truly seem impossible at times. While some people are very decisive, I am not. With an indecisiveness that extends to my most menial tasks, such as spending many, many minutes deciding whether or not to wear a sweatshirt in the morning, or if I'd rather listen to the radio or the aux cord, it's safe to say that I'm entirely unable to decide until the last possible second. If I haven't decided by then, I always have the coin flip app on my phone.

Some more instances where I (and the typical over-thinker) fail to make decisions, and/or fail to stop stressing include:

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F63610447252152763982065598_war-in-mind.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=891&h=09a1bc5436fa33992bde94994691dd830e8ddc3d3e04d163ca5d962c3cb6a757&size=980x&c=3631107548 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F63610447252152763982065598_war-in-mind.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D891%26h%3D09a1bc5436fa33992bde94994691dd830e8ddc3d3e04d163ca5d962c3cb6a757%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3631107548%22%7D" expand=1]

Important decisions

There comes times where we have to make life-changing decisions. In these cases, most people spend a great amount of time thinking about their next step. With me, it still takes double the amount of time and triple the lack of sleep as these people. Thankfully, there's coffee.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F6361044649856998621589215551_importantdecision.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=124&h=6aeadcd3d40713087de95075ae699e8b2dae850b9ba7442f6209a7b8b71ca45b&size=980x&c=859257323 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F6361044649856998621589215551_importantdecision.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D124%26h%3D6aeadcd3d40713087de95075ae699e8b2dae850b9ba7442f6209a7b8b71ca45b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D859257323%22%7D" expand=1]

Texting people back

One reason is because I procrastinate. Another reason is because I hate to text people back. But if it's a text about anything remotely important, I usually do what any right-minded person should do, and save it for hours later, when I've thought about it (or avoided thinking about it) some more.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F636104467505277711261558175_textgif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=318&h=6cca6510d11f67af40147681054acd2a09530a92ba20b3afebfbf74ef0a7a79b&size=980x&c=1542549412 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F636104467505277711261558175_textgif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D318%26h%3D6cca6510d11f67af40147681054acd2a09530a92ba20b3afebfbf74ef0a7a79b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1542549412%22%7D" expand=1]

Weather shenanigans

These days are the days where jackets, jeans, shorts, and T's can all be worn on the same day. Most people decide what to wear based on how they're feeling in the moment, but I like to plan ahead. How will I feel in class? Do I have space in my bag for a sweatshirt? Is it as hot outside as it is in my dorm? All of these are important, essential questions for a functioning over-thinker.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F636104468550940638136341538_tempgif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=774&h=42f694e97e0b20c4a404af92b56acccbf8d17de5658bdccc609888786f6102cd&size=980x&c=3338990760 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F636104468550940638136341538_tempgif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D774%26h%3D42f694e97e0b20c4a404af92b56acccbf8d17de5658bdccc609888786f6102cd%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3338990760%22%7D" expand=1]

Schoolwork

I spend an equal amount of time stressing about my assignments as I spend doing them--especially papers, tests, or anything of that nature, when there's a great expanse of time before the due date.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F6361044693380601891978721805_stress-gif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=471&h=70270dc07d764a118f544ff8c78482581fb424268caff7461152bb706782b2b4&size=980x&c=1152817605 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F6361044693380601891978721805_stress-gif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D471%26h%3D70270dc07d764a118f544ff8c78482581fb424268caff7461152bb706782b2b4%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1152817605%22%7D" expand=1]

Awkward situations

Saying something stupid? Falling up the stairs? This is fairly common (at least for me). But as an over-thinker, certain situations stay in my head much longer than they should. On days when life seems to be one gigantic, awkward situation, you can depend on me to be thinking about what's been going on, probably for the whole duration of the day, and a few days after that.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F6361044704875527791299704184_timemachineneededgif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=173&h=1179bffa219bca7806e659ff46575930d9b2f1852043e0c020dcde5edfbefb56&size=980x&c=3911472138 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F6361044704875527791299704184_timemachineneededgif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D173%26h%3D1179bffa219bca7806e659ff46575930d9b2f1852043e0c020dcde5edfbefb56%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3911472138%22%7D" expand=1]

What's never going to happen

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think and stress exceedingly about situations and events that are highly unlikely to ever happen or take place, as many of them only take place in my head.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F636104479296246280-2142931263_head-on.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=451&h=c8872ac87fe59039e3cf38784edee1caa331fb8a4d1092514a8c73b21c87d39e&size=980x&c=2974152736 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F636104479296246280-2142931263_head-on.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D451%26h%3Dc8872ac87fe59039e3cf38784edee1caa331fb8a4d1092514a8c73b21c87d39e%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2974152736%22%7D" expand=1]

Cravings

This one may hit closest to home—as an over-thinker, when I crave something, I continue to crave it, and cease to think about it until I attain it. Typical cravings for me include: poor quality Chinese food, pizza, Lana Del Rey, coffee, dogs and cats, and sleep. Over-thinkers allow their cravings to rule their life decisions until satisfying them, thus cementing to importance of one of my favorite life mantras: "TREAT YO SELF."

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F09%2F26%2F636104471100457371-915833651_gimme-gimme-GIF.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=941&h=99a3580815d5e32bf5635017f84760f11f9bd32b251176892a93a3ab2a469c2a&size=980x&c=1308595641 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F09%252F26%252F636104471100457371-915833651_gimme-gimme-GIF.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D941%26h%3D99a3580815d5e32bf5635017f84760f11f9bd32b251176892a93a3ab2a469c2a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1308595641%22%7D" expand=1]

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

My Top 50 Spotify Songs From 2021 That Are Must-Listens

Thank you Spotify wrapped for curing my seasonal depression!

328
My Top 50 Spotify Songs From 2021 That Are Must-Listens
Photo by Ivan Samkov on Pexels

Spotify Wrapped recently came out and is absolutely fueling me through these last few days of the semester. Here are my top 50 songs from 2021.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Are New Year’s Resolutions Overrated? Why Not?

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

25515
New Year’s Resolutions Overrated

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

Keep Reading... Show less
How to Use Your Passion for Writing to Complete Academic Essays

Academic paper writing is often considered one of the most dreaded parts of college for students. Most people hate it, even if they are into writing in general. Many students feel like it puts them into a box where no creative expression is possible. Like having to use a more formal tone of voice and thinking about referencing restricts one’s flow of thought.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Long Would It Take To Mine A Bitcoin?

No one will give you the correct answer to this question because there are a lot of details that they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

69305
Mine A Bitcoin

they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

63902
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments