ARE YOU AN OVERTHINKER? HERE IS WHY IT IS DANGEROUS.
Overthinking becomes an issue when you have an adverse and emotional reaction to your endless thoughts. It is when you think far enough to see catastrophic ends to all your pursuits. Overthinking is not the same as worrying. Overthinking is neither the same as a distraction.
Overthinking. A word that has become a household term in the last decade. Overthinking is when you endlessly contemplate a thought, over-analyze an issue, and take it far beyond reality in your head. If you are not a person affected by serious over-thinking it might sound like a natural thing.
That is how a human mind works, right? We wander off from a thought to the other, we assume endless possibilities and endless scenarios in the comfort of our minds. But is that all that overthinking is?
WHY DO HUMANS OVERTHINK IN THE FIRST PLACE?
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Overthinking is not only a major symptom of anxiety but is linked with many other common mental illnesses like depression. None of our abilities, however, it might be backfiring right now, were put in us by nature for a reason.
We are not stuck with overthinking. We are the only species capable of deep contemplation. Our ability to think consciously is what got us this far in evolution. We can experience, remember it, think about it, derive meanings from it, deduct lessons from it and think about determining our future based on it. So when thinking deliberately is our biggest ability, how did it backfire? Is overthinking an evolutionary flaw?
Overthinking and anxiety are heavily linked with our survival instincts. Our brain is more complex than we understand it to be. The reason we overthink is to predict any possible dangers and stay away from them. we contemplate every possibility to determine if there is a possibility of encountering anything dangerous. Hence making this deep level of deliberate thinking a tool for survival. But then again, with civilization and increased safety, we no longer need that kind of overthinking to avoid dangers. And sometimes, your brain doesn’t get that. This leads to hours of thinking and exhaustion.
But one thing is certain- nothing good ever comes out of overthinking. Here are some of the reasons why overthinking is not only bad for you, but it is extremely dangerous.
1- Leads to faulty perceptions
When you are overthinking, your thoughts are not facts. Your thoughts are not accurate predictions of what will end up happening. Overthinking about anything would deviate you from the reality of the matter. It makes you look at everything with fear. It makes you believe in the worst-case scenarios in all circumstances. Overthinking disables you from making rational decisions as the basis of this condition to exaggerate all your fears to keep you constantly afraid and in doubt. Overcoming negative thoughts can sometimes be a very exhausting process. You can read a blog here, to learn 8 easy ways to overcome negative thoughts.
2- Cultivates negativity
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If your over-thinking consisted of a series of positive and vibrant thoughts about an optimistic future, overthinking would not have been an issue and you would have never made your way to this article in the first place. Overthinking is usually a streak of negative thoughts paralyzing you from taking things positively. You will always assume a negative outcome to everything, which will inculcate a lot of negativity in all your pursuits in life.
3- Demotivates you
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Overthinking is the opposite of motivation. Where motivation is the quick arousal of a simple thought that makes you want to work hard and give your best, overthinking is an extended streak of repeated and scrutinized thoughts that only leads you to negative conclusions. If you want to make a healthy lifestyle for yourself, overthinking can line up in your mind, all the reasons why it is pointless and will not work. This will make you extremely unmotivated and cynical about everything you want to achieve in life. Simple things that you may see your peers doing with ease and no contemplation will make become the hardest tasks for you. Overthinking takes away more from your time than just the amount of time you spend doing it.
4- Might lead to anxiety
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Overthinking, as mentioned above is often linked to anxiety and is also one of the most common causes that lead to it. If you are a person with anxious tendencies or get triggered easily, overthinking can take a toll on your mental health. Overthinking, especially when coupled with anxiety can make your life difficult and full of fears. Here’s everything you need to know about anxiety and how to deal with it.
However, overthinking is usually curable with practice and dedication. If you suffer from overthinking and negative thoughts, you can try replacement therapy. It means that every time your mind tells you something negative, you let it pass and then you replace it with a positive alternative for the same thought. This can also be supported by meditation, Knowing how to control your mind and pick your thoughts will put an end to this emptiness and exhaustion that comes from overthinking.
We hope that this helped you!
Here is another blog on how to improve your mood when you feel low.
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