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A book review of Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by Anne Bogel

A book review of Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by Anne Bogel

Stars: ****

Baker Books (2020)
Christian Self-Help
224 pages

Disclosure: I received the book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: We’ve all been there: stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong. Nobody wants to live a life of constant overthinking, but it doesn’t feel like something we can choose to stop doing. It feels like something we’re wired to do, something we just can’t escape. But is it?

Anne Bogel’s answer is no. Not only can you overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, and unhelpful, you can replace them with positive thought patterns that will bring more peace, joy, and love into your life. In Don’t Overthink It, you’ll find actionable strategies that can make an immediate and lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small–Should I buy these flowers?–and large–What am I doing with my life? More than a book about making good decisions, Don’t Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you’ll be comfortable with, using an appropriate amount of energy, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.

Don’t Overthink It

I am the Queen of overthinking. I think things into the ground. I think about everything. My mind is constantly spinning, it’s never at rest. I can never make decisions, even simple ones. So this book really resonated with me.

I think this is one of those books that I need to read again and again. All the ideas sounded like great ideas to help me stop overthinking but now I’ve forgotten them and I’m still overthinking. So don’t think you will read this and magically be done with overthinking.

HOWEVER, The advice was very good advice. I just need to read it again and make a list I can hang up to remind me. With any self-help book, just reading it isn’t enough. You have to enact change. She gives lots of examples from her life, of overthinking she does, and decisions that are hard to make for her. I really appreciated that because sometimes you can feel like no one else obsesses about things like you do. It was refreshing to see that even accomplished writers overthink too.

Please note this is a Christian self-help book and so mentions God. If this isn’t your thing, it’s not overly Christian and I think you could still benefit and just overlook the Christian parts but personally I find asking God’s help with overthinking to be beneficial.

Please also see another review of a book by this author: I’d Rather Be Reading

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