Mindfulness Monday’s Volume 12: The Dangers of Overthinking 

The Dangers of Overthinking 

With mindfulness, overthinking is a bad habit you will learn how to break. When you think too much, you start analyzing every word and movement, which is damaging in many ways. Here are some of the dangers of overthinking so you can understand more about why mindfulness is so powerful. 

It Takes Focus From the Important Things 

One of the main issues with thinking too much and over-analyzing everything is that it can take your focus from the main things you need to really concentrate on. If you own a business and are trying to brainstorm some marketing strategies, but your mind keeps overthinking about every single thing that could potentially go wrong, it is going to create a lot of chaos in your mind. With mindfulness, you should think just about the current task, then move on to focus on other things. 

Overthinking Robs Your Time 

You may not realize it, but the practice of overthinking will take a lot of valuable time. You are analyzing certain situations or decisions far too much, thinking about every single thing that could possibly result from that decision, to where your time just continues to be wasted. Living in the moment and being more mindful is about appreciating the current moment, and not stressing about potential scenarios that might never happen. 

You Live in a Negative, Stressed State 

If you are an over-thinker, you probably already live in a stressed state a good portion of the time. This isn’t just because of situations in your life that are causing you stress, but often something your mind is going to you. It is time to stop overthinking and show appreciation for the positive things in your life. This can really help to get rid of many of those negative thoughts and help you live a happier, more fulfilled life through mindfulness practices. 

It Sometimes Leads to Irrational Thoughts 

Unfortunately, overthinking often leads to considering scenarios that aren’t completely realistic or rational. You are trying to decide if you should take a flight, which causes you to imagine all sorts of terrible things happening. Sometimes, the decisions in your life are as simple as thinking in the moment. Is this flight something you want to do? If you have taken the necessary safety precautions, then there is nothing else to think about but decide if you really want to go to your destination on a plane or not. It really can be that simple. 

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.

— Jack Kornfield

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