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No room for ruminating

Short and simple mental/emotional health practice.

When we’re consumed with a string of sad or dark thoughts that repeat in our heads over and over, or we constantly replay painful conversations and events, we’ve entered a process called ruminating. A habit of ruminating can be damaging to mental health.

So how can we stop these obsessive thoughts?

1) Disrupt the thoughts early. The longer they hang around, the more intense they become. 2) Release—talk to a friend; release those thoughts through creative or physical activity. 3) If ruminating starts, pay attention to the events, places or people around. If you determine that those are triggers, try to avoid or manage them. 4) When the unhealthy string of thoughts begin to repeat, find a quiet place to sit and breath deeply. Clear your mind—focus on breathing, say a prayer or recite encouraging Bible passages. 5) If we find that ruminating is taking over our lives, we may want to consider talking to a therapist.

Check in with the people you care about and discuss the unhealthy affects of ruminating. Mental health is vital to whole health. With awareness and a commitment to practicing emotional fitness we can improve and maintain a good mental health lifestyle. Let’s spread the health! iGrow Girl and Contagious Health ✌🏾🌻🧘🏾‍♀️

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