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Here's what happens when you overthink

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 As your brain works overtime to explore endless possibilities, it triggers the release of stress hormones [Courtesy, Freepik]

Imagine your brain as a curious detective, constantly analyzing, questioning and searching for answers.

While this mental prowess is undoubtedly impressive, it can quickly spiral into a trap of overthinking. We have all been there, lost in a labyrinth of thoughts, playing out scenarios like a movie reel on repeat.

So picture this, you are faced with a decision, big or small, and your brain begins to dissect every aspect of it. The pros, the cons, the "what ifs" - it is like a mental tug-of-war with no end in sight. This phenomenon, known as analysis paralysis, can leave you stuck in a perpetual state of indecision.

According to psychologist Barry Schwartz, excessive choices can lead to decision fatigue. leaving us overwhelmed and unable to choose at all. So, you need to be cautious not to drown in the depths of overthinking. Sometimes a leap of faith can lead to the most rewarding outcomes.

As your brain works overtime to explore endless possibilities, it triggers the release of stress hormones. Think of these hormones as tiny minions wreaking havoc in your mind and body. Elevated stress levels can lead to a plethora of issues including anxiety, insomnia and even physical ailments.

A study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry highlights the link between overthinking and symptoms of anxiety. While your brain is a powerful ally, do not let it turn into a stress-inducing frenemy because it will.

Overthinking amplifies every possible outcome, turning them into monsters that haunt your consciousness. The truth is, while pondering contingencies is natural, becoming trapped in this never-ending loop can rob you of the present moment.

Remember, life does not come with a remote control. You cannot rewind or fast forward. Instead, take a step back and focus on what is within your control in the here and now.

Are you aware that your creative genius thrives when your mind is free to explore uncharted territories? Yes! However, overthinking erects roadblocks that stifle creative flow. As psychologist Ethan Kross suggests, excessive rumination can hinder problem-solving and creative thinking.

So, the next time your thoughts become a jumbled mess, take a creative detour. Engage in art, music or writing. You might get inspired along the way too so this helps.

Overthinking does not limit itself to the confines of your mind. If it goes unchecked, it can seep into your relationships. Misinterpreting gestures, reading between the lines and assuming the worst are some of the pitfalls of overthinking in the realm of human connections.

According to a study in the Journal of Family Psychology, overthinking can impair communication and escalate conflicts in relationships. Instead of playing detective with your loved ones, communicate openly and give them the benefit of the doubt.

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