5 Ways to Stop Ruminating

Do you find yourself losing time and energy ruminating on ideas and problems without coming to a resolution? You aren’t alone!

Fortunately there are many ways to stop ruminating. Try combining more than one way for the best results, as you will find some will work better for you than others.

Here are 5 ways to stop ruminating:

5 ways to stop ruminating

1. Set New Goals

Set out new goals for yourself and make sure you include deadlines. Goals without deadlines are just wishes that never happen.

Take the goal you can accomplish the quickest and break it down into steps with deadlines. Then focus your energy into achieving these steps.

2. Occupy Your Mind

You can’t just command your mind to stop thinking about something. But you can occupy your mind on a new activity. It’s a sure way to stop hyper focusing on your problem. Try a new recipe or dance move from YouTube, read a book, watch a movie, or call a friend or family member.

Try one or all of these. My favorite is to try something new that requires my concentration. The goal is to refocus your mind and energy on something else.

3. Exercise

Exercise is great for your mind as well as your body. Your brain releases feel good chemicals called dopamine and endorphins when you exercise. These are happy chemicals that will help you curb your thoughts.

Kickboxing is an excellent work out that is fun, teaches self defense, and requires focus. There is no time to dwell while you hold pads for someone else’s punches.

4. Write Down Your Thoughts

Writing down your feelings will help you sort out the chaos in your head. Grab a paper and pen and jot down 5 minutes worth of things you have been ruminating on.

Write everything you can think of in that time. You will feel better and moving forward, writing it down will help you prioritize the things you have been thinking about.

When you are done, place the things you have written in a special worry box and let those worries stay there.

5. Create a Plan

There is little to fret about when you have already made steps to tackle the issue on your mind. Not every problem you have been ruminating on has a solution, but that shouldn’t stop you from solving the issues that can be fixed. At the very least it will free up some space in your head.

Worrying fruitlessly is bad for your health and keeps you from living in the present. Stop worrying about the things you cannot change and focus on what can go right. By incorporating these 5 ways to stop ruminating, you will have new tools to help you increase your mental health and overall quality of life. 

Lisa Ryan

Relationship Expert – Infidelity Specialist – Personal Development Coach

Loves the big blue sea, homely dogs, the unvarnished truth, and making people feel better.

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