Inspiration for Overthinkers

By Meredith Arthur

Tackling stress and anxiety, one experiment at a time.

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Putting the pieces together

"A nervous breakdown (also called a mental breakdown) is a term that describes a period of extreme mental or emotional stress so great that the person is unable to perform normal day-to-day activities." - Dan Brennan, MD, Signs of a Nervous Breakdown, WebMD


Oh, this nervous breakdown?

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." — Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, 1930


The email that took me by surprise

"A mind not to be changed by place or time / The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n." — John Milton, Paradise Lost


You wrote me back!

"I'm the little engine that did." — Dolly Parton


Finding an invisible line

"The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable." - Charles Bukowski


Our collective exhale

"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am."—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


Have you heard of health anxiety?

"Some women play hard to get. I play difficult to understand." — Carrie Fisher


What I learned yesterday about my own fear

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." — Prince Rogers Nelson


The easiest most-difficult thing in the world

“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.” — Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist: With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing Nothing


The time I fell into a black hole

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan


context is queen

"We will not have failure — only success and new learning." — Queen Victoria (1819-1901)


easy listening just for you

"There are a few countries that, for whatever reason, really enjoy listening to my music." — Kenneth Bruce Gorelick aka Kenny G


hello friend

Hope you're having a bright and shiny Sunday.


Spotting overthinking in the wild

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”― Bruce Lee


A fun giveaway you might actually win

Beautiful Voyager is giving away a fancy-schmancy diffuser kit (valued at $159) from Organic Aromas. With just a handful of entries so far, it's extremely easy to enter, and your chances of winning are strong!


My latest Netflix obsession

"Starting medical school, I thought — and most people think — a diagnosis is like multiplication tables. This collection of symptoms equals this diagnosis. Once I got to the places where doctors talked about these things, I realized that's not the case. Diag…


The selves we guard.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn


Let's celebrate together...

I can't wait to share this big news with you.


Two words that helped me.

The words you speak become the house you live in." — 14th century Persian poet Hafiz


💤 see kin g s l eep 💤

In my heart there was a kind of fighting That would not let me sleep. — Hamlet (the original overthinker)