Overthinking isn’t too bad, is it? It’s just thoughts running through your mind, right? How harmful could it possibly be?
These are questions we might ask because ever so often, we fall into the atmosphere of over thinking. It could be about our grades, the future, relationships and so many other things because our bank of thoughts just never depletes.
Overthinking isn’t that bad; it only becomes extreme when it is done consistently. Being held constantly by either your past or your future prevents you from living in the moment and that can be extremely detrimental to your well being.
Below are a few reasons purposed to shine a light on the fact that your thoughts aren’t just thoughts. They can affect you spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically. So, it’s high time you took a second to start thinking about what you are thinking.
1. It really doesn’t amount to anything.
The heading says it all. It really doesn’t matter how much you think about a situation, no tangible result will ever manifest if you don’t take a stand and act on it. Thinking is just thinking and it can only do so much. As such, why waste most of your time doing something that won’t bring much to fruition?
2. It affects your mental and emotional health.
Frustration, Depression, Stress and all sorts of negative energy stem from overthinking. Yeah, just thinking. Thoughts are very powerful and it would be sad to underestimate its effect.
Most people have the misconception that being healthy is just limited to your physical well being alone but the state of your mind and your emotions are also inclusive. That is why you need to be careful in maintaining your mental and emotional stability by throwing overthinking out the window.
3. It can be physically exhausting
Recently, I learnt that three out of four patients on a hospital bed end up in that position because of a condition called EII (Emotionally Induced Illness).
Isn’t it mind-blowing how your thoughts or your emotions could affect your body? If I experienced a slight symptom of malaria right now, there would be a lesser probability for it to take its full form if I simply shrugged it off and blocked my mind from thinking about it. On the other hand, if I allowed myself to be worked up by it through the act of overthinking, Malaria will surely surface. Why? The answer is simple. We attract what we fear.
So, spare yourself an illness, a headache or any type of physical exhaustion by redirecting your thoughts from the wrong ones to the right ones and then act.
4. It promotes Anxiety
My exam is coming up real soon. Oh my God, how I’m I supposed to handle the speech I would give at that event. What if it doesn’t turn out the way I expect? I wish I hadn’t made such a big mistake. What would they think of me?
As I mentioned earlier, a train of such thoughts isn’t bad. However, if this is what 75 percent of your day is centred around, then it’s high time you rechecked the unconscious to-do list you’ve made for yourself.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
This life is a combination of making things happen and letting things happen. Making things happen isn’t done only by living in your thoughts nor does living in your thoughts facilitate letting things happen. So, Pray, Work, Be grateful and leave the rest to God.
That’s the best advice I could spill.
Once again, I hope this has been helpful. Overthinking stems mostly from worry and fear. Cast your cares on God and watch him turn the lemons life throws at you into lemonades instead.
Overthinking really isn’t worth your time.
Do you often find yourself overthinking? How do you snap out of it?
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