Not when it leads to problems with anxiety, but overthinking can mean you’re prepared for whatever the world has to throw at you because you’ve had time to think it through, to analyse every potential outcome and what you will do if said event occurs.
The idea behind mindfulness is not a new one. It has been around for a millennia. The basic premise of mindfulness is to allow you to live in the moment, to not be distracted by the million and one things that are seemingly more pressing, that are trying to get you to live in the past or worry about the future.
When we overthink, we get caught up in our heads, and then we can get bogged down in the weeds.
By overthinking we end up losing ourselves in a different reality, becoming trapped in a world of what ifs, should haves, would haves or could haves. And if we stay there it leads to anxiety, fretting, depression, dread and worry.
The only way to escape the suffering is to let go, and that is easier said than done.
Replaying past events or planning all eventualities for the future is exhausting, time consuming and destructive.
Why overthinking is unhealthy
You don’t have to be an overthinker forever, there are steps you can take to free your mind and take back control.
Pay attention to your thoughts. Notice when you get stuck in your head, over-analysing. Acknowledge that what you’re doing isn’t helpful.
Focus on actually solving the problem. Rather than looking at the problem from all angles, and worrying about it, try to find a solution to work past it. If you have no control over the situation, focus on the things you can control, like your behaviour.
When your thoughts are negative, try and remember that the worst case scenario is not going to happen, that your emotions are governing your thoughts and leading you down this path. Try and look at the situation rationally – you won’t lose your job because you take a sick day.
Seek professional help. Consider using cognitive behavioural therapy to help you stop overthinking and show you how to break down your thought processes and teach yourself to think differently .
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