Overthinking and Grief

Overthinking is something my sister and I have done in abundance over the past 5 years. From the moment our Dad was hospitalised in September 2016 our lives changed forever…..

Please see Overthinking and grief which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Illustrative examples/Quotes: Overthinking and grief
  3. Overthinking and grief
  4. Our Final Thoughts/ Our YouTube video

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1. Introduction

Overthinking is something my sister and I have done in abundance over the past 5 years. From the moment our Dad was hospitalised in September 2016 our lives changed forever. We had to make many big life-changing decisions in short periods of time. We often felt like our heads were spinning as fast as a whirlpool with no time to reset or readjust. The decisions we were making when our Dad was still alive were things that involved his health and well-being, the pressure felt immense and intense a lot of the time. Once our Dad sadly passed away, we had even more decisions to make, not knowing if it was the right thing to do, and not wanting to let our Dad down, all had a major impact on us overthinking about literally almost every decision we made.

We are now entering the 6th year since our Dad passed away. We have experienced so many more major life-changing experiences. One of the biggest impacts is the pandemic. A surreal situation that literally felt like we were living through a real-life movie.

Another experience that caused my sister and I to be overthinking and questioning our decisions was our Mum becoming ill, and my sister and I not having a clue what was wrong with her. This was even more challenging as we were living through the pandemic and lockdown, social distancing, and isolating, NHS services in a crisis. It was an extremely scary time.

The decisions we have had to make, and the situations we have found ourselves in, cause us to think about our every move but break them down to the very core. This is a very draining process both mentally and physically.

We try our best to manage this and reduce the over-activity we cause to our brain, but it really is something that we find easier said than done.

We are not sure why this topic was not published when we first drafted it in 2021. But overthinking is something that still plagues us to this day, and this is why we feel it is relevant enough to publish it today.

Please see Overthinking and Grief:

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2. Illustrative examples/Quotes: Overthinking and grief

 

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3. Overthinking and grief

3.1 How does grief affect thinking?

“Your brain is on overload with thoughts of grief, sadness, loneliness and many other feelings. Grief Brain affects your memory, concentration, and cognition. Your brain is focused on the feelings and symptoms of grief which leaves little room for your everyday tasks”.

3.2 Thinking About Thinking (and grief) – Whats Your Grief


“(12 Oct 2016) — We have talked many a time here about how grief can make you feel a bit like you’re losing it. Emotions overwhelm you, thoughts and feelings” …

3.3  Can grief cause overthinking?

“Grieving people often feel that they have lost their sense of safety and control in life, and they find themselves panicking or worrying excessively about what or whom else they could lose in the future. They also may have trouble sleeping or taking care of themselves, which can put them at higher risk for anxiety”. (6 Sept 2019)

3.4 “Grief Brain” What’s Going on? – Hospice of Women

“Don’t worry, this is a natural part of grief. Your brain is on overload with thoughts of grief, sadness, loneliness and many other feelings. Grief Brain affects”…

3.5 How long does grief exhaustion last?

“There is no timeline for how long grief lasts, or how you should feel after a particular time. After 12 months it may still feel as if everything happened yesterday, or it may feel like it all happened a lifetime ago. These are some of the feelings you might have when you are coping with grief longer-term”.

3.6 How I Cope-Up with Overthinking (& Grief)

(1 Aug 2021) — “Now, when overthinking gets mingled with events of grief, it gets difficult for me. On the contrary, I’m blessed that there aren’t many “ …

3.7 11 Simple Ways To Stop Overthinking Everything and Take…

(13 Jul 2017) — “With that shift in focus, my grief lifted and my mind stopped overthinking and feeling guilty about doing more to take care of his health”…

3.8 Feelings Of Grief – Sue Ryder Coping With Grief

“Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Read more here. Advice & resources on how to provide the best support to someone you know who is”…

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4. Our Final Thoughts/ Our YouTube video

 We hope this topic might be of use to those who read it.

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