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Re: What works for ruminating thoughts? Joslynn

Posted by jerrympls on December 13, 2004, at 22:01:11

In reply to Re: What works for ruminating thoughts? jerrympls, posted by Joslynn on December 8, 2004, at 9:01:40

> Jerry, yes that makes sense, I do that same thing at work sometimes, trying to interpret a certain comment or tone of voice. It doesn't keep me up nights, but I am on an SSRI & it does seem like I ruminate less than when I wasn't on it. I also obsess and ruminate about my personal life sometimes, should I date this guy, should I not, what did he mean when he said that, and so on.
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> What helps me is to say to myself "Let it go Joslynn." I have to say it out loud. I know this sounds simplistic. Or I stamp my foot on the floor or say stop or do the STOP sign imagery trick.
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> I am also Christian, so I also imagine physically giving the whole burden to Jesus as he is walking down the street and I say "here, take this, I can't carry it but you can." But I realize that would not work if you are of a different faith or atheist, but maybe you could imagine a different but similar image in your head. Something where you are physically putting the burden in someone else's hands.
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> I hope this doesn't sound trite, but it helps me.
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> Another trick is to use that rumination energy on something that is healthy to ruminate about: a creative endeavor, a difficult book, etc. Or do something physical, a chore or some sort of task that uses your hands. Once when I was obsessing about something, I really felt some relief when I sorted out all my hair accessories. Now of course you can't do that because you are a guy (not that there's anything wrong with a guy having hair accessories, if that's your thing, rock on, but you know what I mean).
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> Ruminating is an ongoing challenge for me too. I just think too much. This can be a gift and a curse.
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>

Thanks for your post - nice to know others think the same way - ya know? My doc has suggested going back on an SSRI but they can be so emotionally dulling for me. We'll see. I might go back to a tricyclic.

Thanks again
Jerry


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