Of course, overthinking is something not that uncommon. Everyone tends to overthink a situation occasionally. But if you're a regular and a persistent overthinker, you'll struggle to quiet the constant barrage of thoughts. Overthinking amounts to more than just a mere nuisance—studies show thinking too much can take a serious toll on your health.
The three dangerous threat that overthinking is posing your body:
1. Increased Chances Of Mental Illness
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology reports that dwelling on your shortcomings, mistakes, and problems increases your risk of mental health problems.
Ruminating can trap you in a vicious circle that is hard to break free from. Rumination wreaks havoc on your mental health, and as your mental stability declines, your habit of ruminating increases further.
2. It stands as a barrier in finding solutions
Research shows that overthinkers believe they're helping themselves by rehashing their problems in their minds. But studies also show that analysis paralysis is real.
Over-scrutinizing actually interferes with problem-solving. It will lead you to dwell on a problem rather than seek solutions.
Even simple things such as choosing what to wear to a party or deciding where to go on vacation can feel like a question of life and death when you're an overthinker. Ironically, all that thinking won't help you make a better choice.
3. It makes you an insomniac
If you're an overthinker, you are accustomed to this fact by now that you can’t find sleep despite a thousand ways of trying. Studies confirm this, finding that rumination and worry lead to fewer hours of sleep because you'll be more likely to toss and turn for hours before you doze off.
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