What is Rumination?
Rumination refers to the tendency to continuously and repeatedly think about past experiences. Rumination about past experiences often focuses on negative experiences and the role you had in these experiences. Rumination emerges from a desire to understand and learn from your 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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