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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.