Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Hamster-wheel thinking hits most of us at some point. In fact, studies suggests that 73% of 25 to 35-year-olds chronically overthink, along with 52% of people ages 45 to 55. The clinical term for the whole process of overthinking is called rumination. According to the American Psychological Association, it is categorized by “obsessional thinking involving excessive, repetitive thoughts that can interfere with daily life”.
The good news? Recent research by the University of London found that overthinkers are more creative and have a stronger imagination. However, spoiler alert: We’re not usually overthinking how amazing our lives are. Most of the time overthinking starts with our fear of the unknown; we as humans are scared of what we can’t control, so we overthink to feel secure. Overthinking may seem pretty harmless, except that it’s not.
Rumination or repetitive thinking can have a serious effect on your mental health. It could lead to anxiety, depression and chronic stress.
While most of us tend to overthink sometimes, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional if you’re unable to control how much you worry and it starts interfering with your ability to function.
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