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What is Overthinking and What Causes It?

Do you daydream a lot? Lazy to do important things? Or maybe dissect every detail at last Friday’s dinner with your family? If you do, then you’re most likely an overthinker! But first, let us define overthinking. Overthinking is when you spend too much time thinking about what happened or what could have been. Overthinking means you have repetitive thoughts that cause you to lose focus or sleep.


You think of the worst-case scenarios that bring you stress and anxiety that later on can cause problems to your overall being. When you live too much in the past or worry about the future, you become blinded by the blessings you have in the present. You should ask yourself, “Are my thoughts worth it?”.



Sure, things are easier said than done. But we hope that this blog post will help you live your best life without thinking too much of what the future holds. First, let us discuss a few things..



WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE AN OVERTHINKER?


  • You overanalyze every situation, and everyone

  • You are too lazy to act

  • You have repetitive thoughts

  • You find it hard to make rational decisions

  • You have trouble moving on

  • You think of the worst case scenarios

WHY DO PEOPLE OVERTHINK?

Several factors cause a person to have destructive and unhealthy thoughts.


One is trauma


  • When a person has experienced trauma, they become very attentive to other people's intentions towards them. This trait may be harmless, but in the long run, it may create conflict with those around you.


Second is stress and anxiety


  • Stress and anxiety can give you a lot of negative thoughts and emotions that can lead to overthinking. It could be that you are stressing overwork or something that happened in your personal life. The bottom line is if one area in your life is off-balance, it can be a source of overthinking.


Pessimism


  • When one fears the future, change, or conflict, they always see the negative side of things instead of accepting what is or what will be. Pessimists are also not open to growth and contradict anything that will lead to it.



HOW TO STOP INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS


Meditate


  • Meditation will help you control negative thoughts. With regular practice, you can train your mind to focus on what is happening in the present.


Acknowledge your mistakes


  • It is important to recognize both your strengths and weaknesses. As a person who continues to live and learn, you will have shortcomings but know that you can bounce back from anything life throws at you.


Practice self-Love


  • If you are capable of giving praise to other people, why not praise and love yourself as well? Every morning, give yourself compliments and mean it. Stop dwelling on the past and allow yourself to heal and move on.


Acceptance


  • When things get out of control, you have to accept that it's normal, and most of the time, the best thing for you to do is to accept and move on. This will take the weight off your shoulder, and you will have a healthier mindset.


Reach out and ask for help


  • There is no shame in asking for help. Regardless if you ask someone you trust or seek professional help, what matters is that you take the first step in giving yourself the care you need.

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