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Rumination Behaviors

By Meditation, Mental Fitness, Mental Health, mindfulness

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.

An Introduction to the Purpose of Mindfulness

By Meditation, mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

It’s essentially being AWARE, fully present in the moment. So why is being fully present important? With 60,000 thoughts a day, most of us are completely unaware of the currency of our thinking. Stress and anxiety is often based on our negative assumptions about the past and/or future events. We catastrophise, we decide it’s going to be awful or at least very difficult.

Mindfulness helps us recognise this kind of future – orientated anxiety and see it as a mental habit rather than a reflection of the truth or reality. Events of themselves do not necessarily cause stress. However, if we take a mindful perspective, the stress will quickly dissipate.

What causes stress is the view we take of the event.

Mindfulness is living in the moment. Noticing what is happening and making choices in how we respond to our experience, rather than being driven by HABITUAL REACTIONS.

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