Wisdom for Overthinkers

Ugh, Sunday afternoon. The weekend has flown by, the Friday feeling has been and gone and the working week is about to begin again.

If you work a 9-5, Sunday afternoon can often be a time for reflection. I love my job, but when the high of the weekend has worn off and I know it’s ‘back to normal’ tomorrow, I can often start overthinking and finding negativity where there wasn’t any before. It’s a time when I remember that the weeks are cyclical, and the cycle is about to begin again.

This can make us overthink everything.

‘Do I even like my job?’
‘Can I do another five days of this?’
‘What if I forgot to do something on Friday?’
‘What if I mess up my Wednesday meeting?’

It’s important, at times like this, to remember two things:
1) Every day is a beautiful gift with the potential to bring joy and new experiences; be it a Saturday, a Thursday or a Monday.
2) If something does go wrong, you can’t predict it nor will it be the end of the world.

When I was hunting for pictures for my disposable camera post a few days ago, I found some quotes I had screenshotted over a year ago. I’d like to share them with you now, in hope that they give you some perspective if you’re suffering from the Sunday blues, and some easement from any overthinking you’re experiencing.

 

Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny. – Joan Rivers

This is number one because it’s so simple. It talks me down when I’m feeling like everything’s a huge drama, because it is all funny, really, isn’t it?

 

And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either. – Leo Tolstoy

Whenever I’m having a down moment, or feeling like nothing is going right, it helps to remember that I have felt this way in the past about other situations. And now I can barely remember what they were. Everything passes.

 

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 by your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treat yourself kindly. Write off bad days and remember that you tried your best. Don’t drag yesterday’s problems into your new day.

 

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. – Cecil Beaton

When you’re having a crisis of your own identity, or wondering if what you do, say or are is normal – remember that diversity and a dash of craziness is what brings beauty into this world. You are unique and that’s not shameful, it’s an incredible thing. Be you and own it.

 

This is your world. It is full of more potential for pleasure, love, glory, beauty and bliss than can be comprehended. It even surprises you with misfortune so you can experience the full range of your explosive emotions, and so the good things are that much sweeter. Even better, nothing great comes easily. That would be hopelessly boring. You have thrilling hurdles to overcome at every corner to achieve greatness in this life. – Anon

This speaks for itself. Take ownership of your world. You’re on a journey – keep exploring and eagerly taking on everything that comes your way.

 

Do you have any quotes that help you through difficult moments? Have you figured out a way to banish the Sunday blues? Let me know in the comments!

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