Rumination is much like watching reruns on TV. Going over something from the past (whether recent past or distant past) until it absorbs every thought is rumination. It is a dangerous cycle that is easy to fall into. Remembering a wrong that was done, or an injustice, or a fight can be beneficial in terms of rectifying a problem or changing an attitude. However, brooding and replaying a bad moment in time can draw a person in and make it difficult to think of anything else.
When a person devotes their energies and time to ruminating instead of looking forward, it can have a bad effect on everything from the workplace to friends and even family relationships. In extreme cases, a ruminator can become depressed, hostile and withdrawn. But there are natural therapies for ruminating.
Focusing on negative things is never good for mental health. Rumination pulls a person away from the positive things in life and can keep them in the darkness of isolation and despair until they are unable to escape from their own memories.
What are the Benefits of Therapies for Ruminating?
Behavior modification therapy can draw a person out of the cycle of rumination and depression. Actions and reactions are learned patterns. For example, most people have “triggers” that set them off in either a positive or negative way. Rejection (at work or in a social situation) can trigger the response of anger, despair, or self destructive behavior. Drugs, drinking alcohol, over-eating, rages, and isolation are good examples of behavior that follows an unpleasant event. If allowed to go unchecked, any of these behaviors can worsen and cause countless problems in the life of the ruminator.
Re-training a person to forget the old “triggers” and develop new ones is the focus of natural therapies for ruminating called ‘behavior modification therapy’. “Talk therapy” is part of the treatment. The patient is encouraged to share their feelings and reactions with others, calmly. Endless rehashing is not talk therapy and can be bad for both the patient and those he/she talks to.
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