Ruminating: 8 Tricks That Can Help You Control Repetitive Thinking

Tricks That Can Help You Control Repetitive Thinking

3. Distract yourself whenever things get too overwhelming.

When it comes to ruminating, distractions can be a blessing sometimes, you know? When you find yourself repetitively thinking about something, maybe it’s a good idea to involve yourself in something else and distract yourself for a few hours. Ruminating can emotionally and mentally exhaust you, and can even take a toll on your mental health. If you feel that something is overwhelming you, try to busy yourself doing something else.

Do something that gives you joy and happiness and most importantly, calms you down. This will prevent your mind from being all over the place, and instead of feeling tensed and anxious, you will feel peaceful. Distractions have always got a bad rap, but sometimes they can indeed help you deal with the difficult and scary thoughts that keep on racing through your mind.

So, the next time you find yourself ruminating about the same thing constantly, distract yourself with something that makes you feel better.

Ruminating: 8 Tricks That Can Help You Control Repetitive Thinking
Ruminating: 8 Tricks That Can Help You Control Repetitive Thinking

4. Fall back on your close ones for emotional support.

If you have a strong support system in your life, then you are one of the lucky ones; your family and friends can ensure that you don’t have to work on this all alone. Lean on your close ones if you find yourself drowning in a pool of negative thoughts that keep on swirling around in your mind. You don’t have to deal with this alone, and you don’t have to sit around and try to come up with solutions alone when you have supportive people in your life.

Even though they might not be able to always solve your problems, but they can provide you with different perspectives, which can make the load a bit lighter. They can be good listeners, with whom you can share what’s bothering you, or they can simply be there with you, as a strong pillar for you to lean on. Always remember that it’s okay to ask for help.

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5. Know your triggers.

What are triggers really? Triggers are something that touches upon a negative emotion in you and pushes you to react in a negative way. Triggers can be associated with memories, smells, objects, expressions, words, or literally anything else. While traveling for work, you might see something on the road, and that might trigger you to react in a certain way because you associate something personal with that thing.

Triggers are not just hard to deal with, if not checked at the right time, it can just make your ruminating worse. You will be stuck in a loop of vicious, negative thoughts, getting out of which can prove to be next to impossible. So, the best thing to do in such situations is to identify what is triggering you and try to stay away from them.

Negative emotional triggers can be a hard thing to deal with, but understanding what they are, and making the effort of controlling their impact on you is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Ruminating: 8 Tricks That Can Help You Control Repetitive Thinking

6. Do what you think is best.

There might be times when you think you have got the perfect solution to control your ruminating, and you know what you should do? Try it out! If you think you have a plan for making this better, then try out your solutions and see what happens. You might feel pessimistic, but you won’t know what works and what doesn’t if you don’t give it a try, right? Yes, there is a chance that it might not work, but there is also a strong chance that this was the solution you were always looking for.

However, before doing anything, make sure you understand the difference between an intelligent, effective solution and a random one. Try to understand what it is you should do and if it makes sense or not. If it does, then go for it, and see what happens.

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Alexandra Hall

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