Welcome back, Ruminators! I hope you all have read the previous post on RUMINATION, which threw light on one of the most prevalent problems of people that is, OVER-THINKING.
Through this post, I would like to portray some of the important and useful ideas given by expert psychologists to overcome this stumbling block.
I took too long to share these ideas with you as I was experimenting with them on myself. Believe me, folks, IT HELPED ME A LOT. So readers buckle up and converge your concentration towards the following paras.
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You can train your mind to look at life from a different angle, by changing your perspective. All you need is to put a “break” statement at the right place to break the endless loop which troubles you.
To overcome Over-Thinking, Pittman recommends you replace the thought. Humans possess this curiosity to do the things emphatically told not to. “If I ask you to stop thinking about pink elephants. What are you thinking ??
Yes, those pink elephants. If you don’t want to think about a pink elephant, conjure up an image of a large tortoise holding a rose in its mouth as it crawls”, says Pittman. You are not thinking about the pink elephant now.
Cognitive restructuring. Bruce Hubbard, the director of Cognitive Health Group says, “you can cultivate a little psychological distance by generating other interpretations of the situation, which makes your negative thoughts less Believable.”
Have you ever thought what is the probability, what you are scared of will take place? Question this to yourself whenever you are frightened and when the answer is: LOW..think of other related outcomes. If it’s a problem you keep ruminating about, rephrase the issue to reflect the positive results you are looking for,” suggests Nolen-Hoeksema.
“Instead of “I’m stuck in my career,” tell yourself or better still write, “I want a job where I feel more engaged.” Then make a plan to expand your skills, network, and look for opportunities for a better career.
You can also control your rumination habit by connecting with your senses. Start noticing what you can hear, see, smell, taste, and feel. The idea is to reconnect with your immediate world and everything around you. When you begin to notice, you spend less time in your head.
“While you ruminate, do interrupt and replace your thoughts. If you do that a hundred times a day, it will stop fast probably within a day”, says Dr. Margaret Weherenberg, a psychologist.
Somehow you have to switch yourself from virtual reality to the actual world. Tame yourself. And doing so will be the greatest gift for you from you.