HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 562: LET GO OF RUMINATIONS
When frustrated, angry or upset our thoughts often run amok. We keep thinking more and more negative thoughts, even though we may know that miring ourselves in them can increase muscle tension, especially in the neck and shoulders. These negative thought patterns can also suppress the immune system. We acknowledge this mind/body connection when we speak of our troubles, such as, "He is a pain in the neck" or "I can't stomach this." Improve health and release stress when you LET GO OF RUMINATIONS.
HOW TO LET GO OF RUMINATIONS:
During the day observe your thoughts and master your wandering mind. If you find yourself in a negative pattern, ask the following questions:
- "Is it worth thinking this way and harming my own health or dying over the conflict?"
- "Is this way of thinking really helping me?"
- "Are these thoughts true or am I exaggerating?"
- "Are there other options or other ways to think about this?"
Master your wandering mind. Take 10 to 20 minutes each day to sit quietly and simply focus your attention upon your breath. Gently observe the exhalation. If your attention wanders, just let go of the thought or shift your attention and re-focus gently upon the exhalation.