Rumination and Stress

Everyone is coping differently with the current situation we are facing globally at the moment. Some people are using it as motivation. Others are using it as a time to relax and recover, or to connect within and some to pig out and eat what they want!

For some people, this lock-down will cause a lot of stress mentally. Due to their past experiences, it may cause them to go into a fight or flight response.

Rumination occurs when the person is triggered by an external event/experience and then experiences a never-ending stream of negative or catastrophic thoughts. Even after the event has passed, the thoughts continue to flow creating no resolution or relief.

The problem with rumination is that it actually has major impacts on your health. It stimulates your body’s stress response (fight/flight). This means your blood pressure goes up, your heart rate goes up and you may have trouble sleeping, eating and several different issues unique to each individual. Depression and anxiety are also linked to rumination.

So what can you do about it?

In the spiral of a rumination episode, it’s easy to feel like no one can save you from your own thoughts, but there is evidence that you can.

CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) has helped many people overcome rumination and combined with hypnotherapy and mindfulness exercises, it’s a powerful combination to help you connect with your subconscious mind, become aware of your unconscious behaviours and change your rumination patterns for good!

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If you or someone you love is battling with rumination or depression, we are offering free 15-minute initial sessions and heavily discounted sessions via Skype or zoom to help during these times. Book via our Facebook page or contact me here.


Published by Mindful Hypnotherapy and Wellness

Hi! I'm a clinical hypnotherapist, massage therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. I study and practice Buddhism and am always learning more about the mind. I live in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterlands and love to relax and chill out in nature. Namaste xx

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