Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Women Overthinking Things? No, NEVER!

Rumination is a word I learned today.  However, ruminating is something I actually do pretty often.  In the article called Overthinking? It Could Be Depressing You  Linda Wasmer Andrews states that "Often, [such] rumination is focused on the past – bad things that have happened or unfortunate situations you wish had gone differently."  Personally, my mind often goes in circles analyzing, brooding, reanalyzing and obsessing about negative events that have already happened, are currently happening and events that I seem to predict will happen in the near and far future.  Andrews has a hunch that this type of thinking will lead to depression and I think she's on to something.  Sometimes I find myself paralyzed by my looming thoughts and am unable to focus on the task at hand.  Our brains are incredibly powerful machines and I do believe that over-thinking can lead to depression. Andrews says that, "Thinking about a problem to find workable solutions helps. But people who ruminate don’t do that.  They think over and over about the causes and consequences of their problems without creating solutions.  You might not even realize you’re ruminating.  You might believe you’re trying to understand the deeper meaning of events, gain insight and solve problems."  How to break that cycle?  Read the article to find out!  
In my body I will try my best not to ruminate today! 

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