Many hours can be wasted overthinking things. This is part of having an anxious mind which never seems to shut off. Sometimes asking the right common sense questions is the only way to find peace.

While overthinkers don’t mean to drive everyone crazy, they often do. They ask for advice they refuse to take. Or they rehash situations with anyone kind enough to listen. Offering constant reassurance or frequent cajoling exhausts their friends and family.

If you have anxiety, then you understand about overthinking. You know how negative thoughts can take over your entire day. Saying that you worry is an understatement. The concerns about what could happen, what should have happened, and how someone perceives you are just too much to handle. It’s time to ask a few common sense questions to face the truth and get to the bottom of these invading concerns.

The difference between overthinking and problem-solving isn’t about the time you invest—it’s about the way you think. When you find yourself thinking about a problem or a distressing event, ask yourself questions.

Common sense questions that question your anxiety

1. Is there a solution to this problem? Some problems can’t be solved. You can’t make a loved one’s illness disappear, and you can’t undo a traumatic event that already happened. Dwelling on things in an unproductive way could be detrimental for your psychological well-being.

2.  Am I focusing on the problem or searching for a solution? If you’re faced with a financial issue, looking for strategies to earn more money or pay off your debt is helpful. However, imagining yourself becoming homeless or thinking about how unfair your financial situation is will keep you stuck.

3.  What am I accomplishing by thinking about this? If you’re proactively trying to gain a new perspective, you might find thinking about an issue is helpful. If, however, you’re repetitively thinking about how you wish things were different or imagining all the things that could go wrong (without identifying actions that will help you be successful), you’re overthinking.