What is Rumination?
Rumination refers to people's tendency to continuously and repeatedly think about past experiences. Thinking about past experiences often focuses on our negative experiences and the role we had in these experiences. Rumination emerges from a desire to understand and learn from our past experiences, but it results in endless thinking about past mistakes with few solutions.
Why is it important to stop rumination?
Rumination is a key feature of depression as it prevents us from moving forward with our lives. Instead, we focus excessively on thinking about past events in an effort to fix problems that can no longer be fixed. Learning to ‘let go’ and stop rumination processes early on can help us focus on and make more of the present moment.
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