Rumination encourages a hyper-vigilant response to negative feelings + psychological states. In contrast, meditation develops awareness about your thinking + psychological states, while also performing a protective role against these states.
Mindfulness strengthens your ability to:
- Shift your attention (i.e., distracts you from rumination)
- Allows you to be aware of your behaviors and thoughts
- Engage with (but not encourage) your distressing thoughts in a non-judgmental way
If you feel stressed, anxious, or you’re engaging in rumination behaviors, take time out to practice breathing. For 3 to 5 minutes, sit somewhere quiet, try as best you can to only focus on your breathing while you reflect on your feelings and thoughts.