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  1. Excellent post. Once you start overthinking, it’s really hard to stop. Mindfulness practice is a great strategy to refocus the mind.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I agree. I still struggle with overthinking so being mindful that I am doing it is the first step to stop ruminating in its tracks!

  2. I overthink or ruminate way too much! I find your tip about grabbing a notebook or journal really helpful. I will often blog about them but not often write them down at the time. I find it hard sometimes to move on from them but I am really going to try.

    1. Hi Kadie! Writing your thoughts down in a personal journal can e really helpful. You can get everything out there on paper without a filter and it feels so good to release it. Let’s try and work on this together as I too am the master of overthinking! xo

  3. Thank you for these tips! I totally ruminate all the time and it really can have negative effects. I have to try and get back into mindful meditation. I think it really can help.

    1. Hey Nicole πŸ™‚ You’re welcome! It sure can. Being mindful can be so helpful to kick the negative thought to the curb. I really want to try meditation which I think can be a helpful tool – I just need more practice at it.

  4. This was a really good read. As a perfectionist, I know that I am guilty of ruminating and overthinking far, far too often. it’s something that I have been trying to work on, and you have some great tips here to help with that. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hey Britt! Thanks so much πŸ™‚ Ruminating can get completely out of control at times (especially these days), but I find that just being aware of ruminating can even help! Once you know you’re overthinking, it becomes easier to reduce these thoughts. Take care! xo

  5. Wow thank you so much for this! I have been struggling so long with overthinking. When I find myself going into an overthinking spiral, I sort of have to give myself a mini pep talk to snap out of it and get myself back on track.

    1. Hi Mallory – I completely understand. Our thoughts can really impact our feelings and behaviours. I like that your mini pep talk helps you out πŸ™‚

  6. These are great tips that I wish I had found last night. Spent a great deal ruminating about upcoming events. Thanks for sharing and love your blog!

    1. Hi Dewanna – Thanks so much for sharing. Ruminating can be so difficult at times that’s why I try my best to focus on the present each day. It can be hard at times, but can help overall. Take care πŸ™‚

    1. Agree! Writing thoughts down is so helpful.

  7. I recently learned that emotions are only meant to last 45-90 seconds. It’s our ruminating on the emotions that lengthen the duration and cause problems. Oh, and I’m a big fan of Cognitive Therapy!

    1. Hi Carri! Wow – that’s so interesting. Oh yes! CBT has SO many helpful tools and I’ve been geeking out over them lol!
      Take care πŸ™‚

  8. One of my college teachers once said that people who worry are great meditators. They just meditate on the wrong things. We have to ask the Lord for help in thinking about things that are good and true! I love podcasts and uplifting music to help in this area.

    1. Hi Kristin – Thanks for the inspiration. I have wanted to get serious about meditation and hearing this from you is definitely motivating me. Thanks so much πŸ™‚ And yes – music and podcasts are such a great way to feel good!

  9. Thank you for this. I used to ruminate on a situation with a family member and it took me a really long time to stop overthinking it. Especially because potentially seeing them was a trigger.

    1. Hey Ayanna – I definitely understand this. It’s hard when we feel we can’t control these thoughts. I’m glad to hear that you aren’t ruminating over it anymore xo

  10. These are great tips! I struggle with this and have recently started CBT. I also am trying to go to yoga more regularly, but I will have to start tracking it like you suggested. Thank you for sharing!

    1. CBT strategies are so good for this. In my CBT therapy I’ve found the mood tracking to be really helpful when it comes to ruminating as well – so definitely give it a try πŸ™‚ Take care!

  11. Learning your personal triggers is one the most important life lessons and 100% changed how I mentally get through every day. Great post!

    1. Hey Connor! I couldn’t agree more. So happy to hear that identifying your triggers has helped you so much. This is something I’ve been working on too. Awareness is such a big help. Thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚

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