It’s the thing that you do right before an important meeting or after a first date. It’s also what you do in the shower. And it’s what’s stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s right, it’s overthinking! (Actually, should we write it as Overthinking? Or OVERTHINKING? Because it’s a really big problem, affecting not only yours truly, but millions of people across the globe. Oh, God, it’s going to be our downfall, isn’t it?! [Overthinks about overthinking.])

People on the internet are sharing witty but truthful posts related to overthinking and we’ve collected some of the very best. So scroll down to give your grey matter a bit of exercise and upvote the pics that you can relate to. We’d also love to hear all about your experiences with overthinking and how you keep it under control, so drop us a line or two in the comments below.

If you love thinking about overthinking, then when you’re done enjoying this awesome list, check out Bored Panda’s earlier articles about overthinking right here and here.

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I never had the courage to admit that in class.

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I can’t bear it when people watch me do stuff.

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I thought everyone would get weird gut feelings when thinking of major mishaps from when you were six years old…

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Now that we’re all overthinking if we tend to overthink in our daily lives, it’s time to get our hands dirty and figure out what causes it, why it’s not the most helpful of things to do, and what we can do about it.

Licensed psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Huttman told My Domaine that overthinking means “constantly analyzing and anguishing over one’s thoughts” can trap us in a loop of “mentally rehearsing” our past or present decisions and actions. Huttman explained that overthinking can be caused by self-doubt, self-esteem issues, concern, traumatic experiences, or anxiety. Overthinking wastes our time, is unhealthy, and leads to analysis paralysis.

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9 hours ago

Rinse and repeat every few hours.

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Every time especially after working retail and finding out they are always watching you as a thief 😬

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It’s Steve Carrell!

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According to the psychologist, there are a few things that we can all do in our day-to-day lives to reduce anxiety and turn overthinking into regular plain old thinking. Huttman suggests practicing mindfulness by meditating. Those of you who are skeptical of mediation should know that it increases attention and reduces depressive symptoms. So it’s always worth giving a try and seeing for yourselves.

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8 hours ago

I thought everyone secretly did this.

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This isn’t ovethinking… it’s natural to introverts.

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It will be akward. Always

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However, there are plenty of other ways you can reduce anxiety. Regular exercise, yoga, tai-chi, even breathing exercises can have a massive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. And because we’re all different, something that works for you might not be the best fit for someone else. That’s why it’s so important to try a variety of activities and see which ones give the best results. Just try not to overthink which course of action is the most efficient. Just do it.

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8 hours ago

Me!

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7 hours ago

I have faint good memories but the ones I remember the most are the ones where I felt like I did something horrible but like no one actually remembers how awkward I am

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LMAO! Catastrophic

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All the time…

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I feel like this isn’t overthinking, more a random thought. I do similar things a lot where I become curious about the most random scenarios. My co-worker gets so confused every time though.. <_<

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Someone is always in front of the cheese. Every time.

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My cat is not stupid but she never ever over thinks one thing. She has no trouble sleeping and she sleeps most of the day.

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bro I know I’m annoying and it’s annoying when I apologize for it and I’m sorry for doing so and

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I always fail those because of the leaking over the edges of the squares.

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God this one!!! Rather suffocate than have to cough again

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And it’s even better when you just imagine a confrontation that MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT happen. Absolutely thrilling

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Do you ever wonder if dogs feel like this? Like “OMG Rex, you dumb son of a bitch, I can’t believe you barked in that way when you saw Smokey at the park yesterday, it sounded so lame and now he probably thinks you suck and omg I hate my life”?

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OMG. YES!

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THRICE!

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hahah!!! I felt that

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Um, Obviously Everyone Else Is Wrong Because Overthinking Is A Darwinian Survival Trait So Yeah, I’ll See You Come The Next Purge, Unconcerned Therapist. Right Now I’m Feeling Poison Ivy. Who Wants To Hmu And Claim Harley Quinn?
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uno reverse card

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7 hours ago

I do this but when I’m asleep. I wake up worrying about random things.

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I know the feeling!

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I hate when people say that. Just ask!!

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And then your brain stops messing with you and lets you finally drift off to sleep… twenty minutes before your alarm goes off to wake you up for work.

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I do this not just with friends, surprised I am still happily married sometimes

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I rather hustle to be the first one so my belate answer doesn’t become awkward

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all while thinking about what the caller would say if I answered the phone

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That’s just plain common sense. Answer a scam call and your number will be placed on “positive” lists, resulting in more calls from unknown numbers from these scammers.

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Is that woman roasting a watermelon with a propane flame-thrower?? Forget the meme, I want to know the real story behind THIS picture…

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I speak Spanish and English, took classes in Spanish most of elementary then in 7th grade after 3 years of only English classes when my named was called for roll call I said presente. 😳

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