Overthinking is linked to psychological problems, like depression and anxiety.
It’s likely that overthinking causes mental health to decline and as your mental health declines, the more likely you are to overthink.
It’s a vicious downward spiral.
Is overthinking a disorder?
One of the horrible hallmarks of any type of anxiety disorder is the tendency to overthink everything. The anxious brain is hypervigilant, always on the lookout for anything it perceives to be dangerous or worrisome. Fortunately, anxiety and overthinking everything doesn’t have to be a permanent part of our existence.
How do you stop yourself from overthinking?
10 Simple Ways You Can Stop Yourself From Overthinking
- Awareness is the beginning of change.
- Don’t think of what can go wrong, but what can go right.
- Distract yourself into happiness.
- Put things into perspective.
- Stop waiting for perfection.
- Change your view of fear.
- Put a timer to work.
- Realize you can’t predict the future.
What can overthinking lead to?
Research says dwelling on your shortcomings, mistakes, and problems increases your risk of mental health problems. And as your mental health declines, your tendency to ruminate increases, which can lead to a vicious cycle that is hard to break. Studies also show that overthinking leads to serious emotional distress.
How Do I Stop overthinking anxiety?
Rather than trying to stop or get rid of an anxious thought, give yourself permission to have it, but put off dwelling on it until later.
- Create a “worry period.” Choose a set time and place for worrying.
- Write down your worries.
- Go over your “worry list” during the worry period.