I definitely find myself obsessing over things I can’t control. I feel like most people do this to some extent, but I obsess over pretty much everything 24/7 as a part of my anxiety & OCD. I constantly worry. Whether it’s ruminating over what happened 5 years ago or questioning the uncertainty of what could potentially happen in 50 years, my brain constantly has thoughts running through it at 100 miles per hour. Once certain thoughts enter my brain, they “stick” and it can be days or even weeks before they make their way out of my mind. It’s very stressful, but I find that distracting myself (watching Netflix, singing, drawing, talking to friends, etc.) helps me drastically. Anxiety meds have never worked for me, so all I can really do is use coping skills. When that isn’t enough, sometimes I just let myself think. That usually doesn’t end well, but I’m trying my best ❤️
This used to be me EVERY NIGHT! And this cracks me up every time. Guys what’s helped me: keep a notepad next to your bed for mental dumping at bedtime so your mind doesn’t feel like it had to keep thinking and holding onto stuff (often mental junk!)when you need to sleep!- shared from my friend Leah #anxiety#insomnia#overthinking#catsofinstagram
“The process of continuously thinking about the same thoughts, which tend to be sad or dark, is called “rumination.” A habit of #rumination can be dangerous to your mental health as it can prolong or intensify depression as well as impair your ability to think and process emotions. It may also cause you to feel isolated and can, in reality, push people away.” ...
I literally did this for years during a prolonged period of what I’ve learned is called reactive #depression after I got divorced. It’s surprising how at the time I was unaware of how miserable I was for so long. So much learning about my #mentalhealth has been #retrospective , which is why I talk about #mental health so much online now, in hope that it might help other people find some insight and get some #help sooner rather than later. If you’re in a hole, please, ask for help, every day is mental health awareness day. It gets better, with some help and taking some actions, we can find our way back to ourselves.
Art via @itspeteski via my favorite place in LA the Museum of Broken Relationships @brokenshipsla (please reopen by December!).
5643329 October, 2018
Rumination (noun, uncount.) -continuous thinking about all the aspects of the situation that is upsetting.
Verb - to ruminate
Adjective - ruminative, ruminating.
We tend to hyperfocus on negative experience and fail to see larger picture. Ruminative thoughts can keep us up late night overanalyzing the situation. People who ruminate are much more likely to develop depression and anxiety.
Rumination is a bad habit! You need to work on changing your thoughts or distracting yourself REGULARLY if you want to break this habit. Doing it once or twice will not be enough.
Do you ruminate? Share your experience! ~
Coaching sessions for #nonnative English speakers that interweave #englishlearning with #lifecoaching .
~ #Clearminds create better reality. #mindhygiene#mindfulness#rumination#mentalhealth#learnenglish#letsunderstandeachother#mhenglishpage
2471122 October, 2018
“Ruminate” / Ballpoint pen & Ink on paper // 8x10”
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Trying to answer unanswerable questions may give one the illusion that they are in control, but in reality, it leads to more anxiety. Instead, I am teaching myself to say "I don't know". This is scary but liberating.
What’s your why? .
Why do you do what you do? Have you ever taken a second to think of that? .
Is it because when you’re in your craft, you’re completely absorbed by the beauty of it? Or maybe you love what you do because it allows you to connect with others on a deeper level. .
Whatever it may be, keeping your intention at the forefront of your mind is incredibly important. Sometimes, WE GET TIRED, and we might lose sight of our whys amidst all the craziness that life can be. .
When this happens, when you start to question if you’re actually on the right path, just know that it’s okay to feel that way about something you are passionate about every other day of the year - because believe it or not... everyone feels like that sometimes. Everyone questions themselves. .
To keep your faith in your dream and path, take the time each day to reconnect to your whys: Meditate. Write it down where you can see it as soon as you wake up. Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. Do what you need to do to stay healthy both physically and mentally so you are enveloped in that space that allows you to share your gift with others in a way that can truly change the world. .
Everyone has their unique gift. If we all take the time to heal ourselves and are able to communicate our gift to the world, we truly can move mountains 🙏🏼❤️
Took this photo on the Chase yesterday. Thinking it’s going to morph into a painting at some point so today I’ve been sketching a composition and trying a few things. What I really don’t want to do is just paint the photograph as what’s the point of that..anyone can copy a photo, and I have a photo! I am thinking it needs to be more than that, something that pushes boundaries and considers our connection to the natural landscape. Love trees like this, really make my fingers twitch with the urge to paint.
When I used to run a forest school on the Chase I used to set up base here with the kids now and again, and at that time it had dense woodland around it but more recently this has been coppiced. Now this tree really stands out, whereas before it blended in..and that may be the starting point for the painting. #cannockchase#tree#woodland#forest#painting#rumination#ideas#composition#art#artist#forestschool#reflections
Anxiety is brutal. I've always dealt with it, but it's been a lot worse since I started struggling with my health. I'm learning a lot about being anxious and why I am dealing with anxiety in this season, and for that, I am really thankful. Check out my @youtube channel for the full video.
20217 March, 2019
Self-awareness allows for a listening that is free of assumptions and judgments that compromise a healthy communication.
Before we are able to listen deeply to others, we need to learn how to listen deeply to ourselves.
It is this self-awareness that helps us to understand the other’s frame of reference.
To become aware of the barriers to an effective communication that lay deep within ourselves is therefore a first and necessary step to become great listeners.
We need to become aware of how our life experiences, our gender, our race, our social status, our education, our religion, our failures, our fears can affect our ability to listening deeply to others.
Come and spark the fire in your WHY at #rumination
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5017 March, 2019
We bury our seeds and wait,
Winter blocks the road,
Flowers are taken prisoner underground,
But then green justice tenders a spear
make time for me
drink wine with me
let's reminisce about days gone bye
this scene plays in my head like a movie
oddly, with tears in my eyes, I find it soothing
does that make me mad for relishing feeling sad?
am I really insane for wanting to relive it again?
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7015 March, 2019
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3015 March, 2019
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Check out this article https://tinyurl.com/IgniteMindShift-Overthinking to learn more about why we tend to overthink and strategies to prevent overthinking from taking over your mind and life.
👇Comment on what strategies have helped you stop overthinking
By the light of the moon.
Where there is darkness there is also light. I love walking on the Chase in the dark, by the light of the moon. Yes I have a head torch, but gradually the more times spent in darkness the more I see, so I prefer to not use the torch if I can (without ending up in A&E!) and let my eyes adjust. It’s so different in the woods at night. There is a stillness, a calmness that isn’t there in the daytime. The colours and shapes and sensations are different to the senses, it’s primeval in a way. There is something about trusting our sense to keep ourselves safe. As an artist I’m relating to the connections between myself and the natural world, seeking out the elements of the experience. Is the sky really black? Or is it Prussian blue? or indigo? Do I need daylight to really experience? how does this translate in paint?
One thing I do know is that the dark woods have a story to tell, and animals that want to be part of that, bats, owls, deer, moths to name a few. So lovely to be able to experience the night and enjoy it and embrace it for what it is, without seeking out the artificial light, but knowing that the moon is there guiding me and she is always right. #rumination#ruminating#dark#night#cannockchase#ruminatingthoughts#senses#moon#light#moonlight#bats#owls#artistsoninstagram#experiences
32115 March, 2019
Throwback to some of my favorite memories. The yoga community is still the best part of the entire practice. ❤️🙏🏼
El pensador vs. El que piensa demasiado
¿Alguna vez has estado en la cama y te has querido dormir pero tu cabeza no se calla? . ¿Vuelves sobre las cosas que hiciste hoy, lo que te hace falta hacer y miles de pensamientos más?
A este fenómeno en psicología se le llama rumiación: Cuando tenemos pensamientos repetitivos sobre algo en particular y parece que estos no paran.
Todos rumiamos de vez en cuando. Quizá el problema es qué tanto rumiamos y qué tanto afecta nuestro sueño, nuestra relación con otros, el trabajo y demás áreas relevantes.
¿Te ha pasado?
I’ve noticed that I haven’t been wearing much jewelry as of late.
I think this ‘nakedness’ has been calling to me
as I’ve been going through an abundance of shifts at this time in my life. There’s something to be found in profound rawness. Discovering a deep connection to the body and learning to love the skin your in more each day. Honoring the power radiating through each muscle and joint. Embracing your shape - the lines and curves that make you a beautiful work of art. Weightless.
As we transition into Spring I know that I’ll wear all of my cherished and sacred pieces again, but for now, I like listening to the song my soul has to sing. 🌿
Current resarch at Harvard Uni is exploring the benefits of mindfulness meditation on the brains of clinically depressed patients. Carefully screened patients will be given a fMRI before & after an 8 week course in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT. During the scans, participants will complete 2 tests: one that encourages them to become more aware of their bodies by focusing on their heartbeats & the other asking them to reflect on phrases common in the self-talk of depressed people (eg. “I am such a loser"). After a series of such comments, the participants will be asked to stop ruminating on the phrases & the thoughts they trigger. Researchers will measure how quickly subjects can disengage from negative thoughts, typically a difficult task for the depressed.
The hypothesis is that mindfulness techniques work in depressed individuals by boosting the body awareness in the moment (interoception), which, by focusing their attention on the here & now, helps participants to break the cycle of self-rumination.
Using mindfulness techniques has also been linked to stress reduction, reduced pain, increased concentation, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety & PTSD.
MINDFULNESS EXERCISE - please refer to my recent post
Further reading: www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/04/harvard-researchers-study-how-mindfulness-may-change-the-brain-in-depressed-patients/
Photo: Arenal Volcano is a protected area in northern Costa Rica. It’s known for its hot springs and wildlife, including jaguars & tree frogs. It was a stunning and lush place to visit in 2016. We had a wonderful picnic on some huge volcanic rocks and this was our view!