A famous thought about overthinking says that overthinking is the art of creating and fussing over problems that don’t exist. I can very well relate to this. As I thought about what to write, I went from searching the mysterious Nikola Tesla to trying to decipher the poems of Sarojini Naidu. I went even as far as to find out that octopus bleeds blue!! All while overthinking about overthinking.

Let’s try to analyze it in clinical terms. Psychologists have said that overthinking sometimes reaches even pathological levels in some individuals. Overthinking induces stress and pressure; it has also been known to contribute to depression in many cases. Overthinking is an umbrella term for many things, for instance, thinking about the outcomes that are virtually impossible, trying to read someone’s opinions, and looking for the negativity that was never present. A simple thank you and sorry grows to have much more sinister methods in the mind of an overthinker. Add a sprinkle of self-doubt to the mix, and you get a chronic case of low self-esteem. To such a person, even a tea offering translates to criticism or looking down-upon.

Many times, people confuse overthinking and problem-solving. To be fair, the boundary between the two is quite blurred to an overthinking brain. But in reality, what we are is stuck in a loop. It is a tiring and draining process. Chronic worriers show a rise in coronary problems and a weakened immunity system. The dopamine and serotonin levels fly very haphazardly, far from the normal count. Overthinkers don’t just misinterpret words but even can conjure up images in their minds now from the actual scene.

A lot of daily practices may help you to control your overthinking:

The first step is to recognize that you are overthinking. It is not problem-solving; instead, you are stuck in a cycle with no commendable conclusions. Consider yourselves to be a work in progress and forgive yourself as overthinking is one of the things you can’t control. One of the steps to counter this problem is writing down your thoughts. This makes the thoughts, and real, and reality strikes hard. Sometimes you just a pinch of truth in your face to put things to context. Distraction is also a useful temporary tool to combat overthinking. When you recognize yourself going into the toxic cycle, divert yourself, go to your favorite YouTube channel, or your comfort food or book. If trying all this does not help, try talking about this to a psychologist.

Overthinking and mental stress go hand in hand, including lack of sleep, anxiety attacks. Stop putting yourself through this hell of vicious thoughts and beliefs. Believe in yourself and take some time out for your mental well being.