Every so often we all fall victim to thinking too much, now in my lifetime I have encountered many people who just didnt think at all and that always rubbed me the wrong way, but i've met people who over think, I admittedly overthink quite a bit myself but I've learnt to control it. It can be damaging. We often times treat overthinking with a lot of understanding but it can be incredibly dangerous if we dont deal with certain thought patterns. We must find peace and stability in every situation and stop shooting for the wind; so without further ado let's confront the dangers of overthinking.
EVERYTHING IS A THOUGHT: First of all I would like to preface this by saying everything is a thought, this company, was once just a thought, what you're wearing was a thought, the device you're using to read this article was a thought, a thought in the mind of the developer and a thought in the mind of you, the buyer. Your career and everything pertaining it were all thoughts before they became realities.
The first danger of overthinking is that sometimes thoughts can actually become real life, what you think can turn into what you say, and what you say can shape your own personal world so guard your peace of mind, most overthinking is not positive, sometimes the over deliberations lead to negative and ironically poorly thought out decisions. You spending a great deal thinking about something doesnt mean you'll come up with a genius idea. Be careful of your thoughts they are more powerful than you think.
ANXIETY: Anxiety is the offspring of overthinking, many overthinkers are anxious, because look at this, this is how the mind of an overthinker works,
'Okay, so I didnt hear anything from Jane today, ooo is she alright? She did say she was feeling under the weather, but wait she's been like that since last week. Omg, she doesn't want to talk to me, Omg, she saww that embarrassing video of me 7 years ago, omgggg my headshape was mad in that video now she's lost attraction to me and planning on blocking me I better go and quadruple text her, actually no i should play it cool, actually no I shouldnt,'
I do realize that for some that could provide some comic relief but this is a reality for both guys and girls, whenever you overthink it doesnt get better it just becomes a downward spiral of damaging thoughts from that point onwards, learn to silence fear, learn to silence anxiety, because 9 times out of ten 'Jane' or 'James' is probably just busy! Dont allow anxiety or overthinking to make your mind run wild, this can destroy so many things in your life if you aren't careful.
TOO MUCH OVERTHINKING STOPS YOU FROM MAKING A MOVE:
One thing I learnt very quickly from my teen years is i could sit here and deliberate about whatever for however long but that wont solve the issue. Overthinkers, well most of them have a habit of doing too much thinking and not enough doing, the thinking is supposed to equip you to do not cripple you, that is when it becomes too much. In overthinking you think about the difficulty of situations, 'the problem here and the problem there' and 'what if you fail, and what if your cat walks out and leaves you forever' and it goes on and on and on. Have you thought about what if you succeed, what if you triumph, what if you are victorious? You wont know if you keep overthinking and dont act, stop thinking so much and start acting.
YOU CAN THINK YOURSELF TO DEATH:
Many people who committed suicide can link their decision to do so back to overthinking. Yes, you can literally think yourself to death, overthinking can lead to anxiety, or lead to depression or lead to both or other mental illnesses.
It isn't easy, no but some way we must think about how we can combat overthinking(Irony again). We must accurately measure how much deliberation is too much deliberation and from that work to protect our mental health by not straining ourselves mentally. Like I said before I'm no professional if this is a big issue I advise you see a mental health counsellor or psychologist who can be of great help to you. Coming out of the habit is easier said than done and would be of greater benefit for you to get some professional help in combatting issues like this.
By the way there will be a part 2 of this in which I will aim to go much deeper but this is just an introduction. Hope you all enjoy it!