Daily Cupcake #451: Ruminating
In graduate school I used to study the interplay of how our thoughts affect our physiology. I loved it, and I still do, but I did not love the tediousness of grant writing and academia.
The idea of 'rumination' was an especially negative way to cope.
Basically, it's dwelling on something negative. That dwelling on something makes things worse. People report feeling worse, and they create stress inside their bodies.
It takes practice to snap out of negative thinking, but the benefits to maintaining a healthy state are well worth the effort.
Which leads me to this #Dailycupcake about Ruminating that follows the Pilates principle of "breathing". Depending on what you need in your day you can take:
Just a nibble- “Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on to say, “Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?” Marcus Aurelius
A few bites– Try a few Pilates moves to snap out of the ruminating thoughts.
Every last bite– Make a list of coping alternatives to keep yourself from wasting mental energy.