Navigating Your Over-Thinking

I’m thinking about thinking today. Rumination. In many situations where there is psychological wounding, a person may tend not just to ruminate but to “over-ruminate.” Such usually produces stuckness, inability to take healthy actions.

How do you navigate your over-ruminating to unclog your stuckness? Here are some pieces of thought I have about it that could be helpful to you.

* Observe when you’re over-ruminating:

* Be sensitive and conscious of your fictional or magnified memory bias;

* Reduce your self-criticism;

* Spot over-ruminating triggered by sms, emails, or notes;

* Try mindfulness meditation and prayer;

* Define your options or alternative courses of action;

* Replace thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make your over-rumination and worrying worse;

* Use imagery or visualization to bounce flashbacks and images that get you stuck;

* Reduce over-ruminating, your over-thinking, capturing ideas via taking notes as you have them and then sleep on them;

* Practice thought-stopping and deep breathing;

* Seek help when symptoms persist. There could be heavy, overwhelming root causes underneath fueling the over-ruminating.

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