PSA: Stop Ruminating

April 30, 2021

PSA: Stop Ruminating

Just here to remind you that sometimes we need to physically pull ourselves out of the rumination cycle. Literally shake it off and MOVE ON. Rumination is not something that happens to us. We actively engage in and participate in the rumination process. Sucks to hear it, but ya need to hear it. For a more convincing and legitimate take on rumination see D.Michael Greenberg's article.

When you are actively ruminating it feels like thinking about the problem is something that NEEDS to happen. Rumination feels productive and safe (for a little bit) because we think we are getting closer to figuring it all out. The truth is, if you have OCD, you do not need to be figuring that sh*t out. Leave it alone!! Just because if feels dangerous to give up the search, doesn’t mean it is. We can have fear responses when we are not in danger. We can be entirely safe and protected and our brain can say HOLY SHIT SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING. It’s time to stop letting feelings be the decision maker.

So you had a thought. So what? So you had a weird feeling. So what? Are you going to choose to thinking about it over and over while your life happens around you or are you going to be an active participant in your life?

Choose wisely. This ain’t a dress rehearsal, babe. We are only here once. (Unless you believe in reincarnation but STILL, you know what I mean.)




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