Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Overthink


Several overthinkers believe they're actually doing themselves a favor by cycling through their thoughts. But the truth of the matter is that overthinking is a dangerous game that can have a lot of negative consequences on our well-being.

Your sleep may take a hit: Lots of overthinkers struggle with falling asleep, shuffling through thoughts rather than shutting down and getting some shut-eye. It's important that your body gets into a state of calm in order to sleep so that your heart rate goes down, as does your blood pressure and breathing. Overanalyzing can be arousing, especially when the thoughts are more anxious.

Your energy levels might drop: It takes a lot of mental energy to overthink. Your brain is generating so many different thoughts and scenarios that aren't really going toward anything productive.

You're less creative: Overthinking can lead to a “mental rut,” as the study notes — can essentially cause you to get stuck and run out of ideas or new solutions. While some overthinking can lead to fresh, new ideas, it can also backfire and create mental roadblocks that make it challenging to think outside the box. You're less likely to take action:

Overthinking creates so many options, choices and scenarios that you end up unable to make a decision.

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