You may be familiar with the songs playing in your head, and sometimes this playing disturbs your mind and distracts you from studying.
It's a general problem and happens with almost everyone, sometimes songs, and continuous thoughts play in our head, because of that, we fail to concentrate.
This continues song playing happens in loops, sometimes these loops affect your memory.
I know it sounds a little bit harsh, but there is no need to worry about this because it happens to almost everyone, except the yogis and people who meditate regularly.
Why do these loop songs play in your head?
Before moving to the answer to this question, we need to understand the reasons behind this problem?
Why does rumination happen?
The answer is straightforward; It's a phenomenon of the human brain to repeat things, and because of that phenomenon, thoughts keep on repeating in our heads this is called rumination of thoughts.
This process of continued thoughts whether good or bad that pushes you towards the darkness is called rumination.
When this repetition happens too often and goes out of control, it becomes a problem. And if this problem continues for too long it can damage brain also your social life to some extent.
How much damage rumination can cause?
Basically, repeating thoughts and song lyrics do not affect you much, but can become a source of disturbance for you if it happens too often.
In most cases, rumination of thoughts and music in the head results in sleeplessness, anxiety, and various other problems. Because of all these problems, a person gets mentally disturbed. And mental disturbance can turn into depression or any other serious physiological issue later.
So you need to take control of things before it can get out of your hand.
What causes rumination?
People ruminate for various reasons. According to the APA ( American Physiological Association).
These are 3 most common reasons.
- Believe that overthinking can solve your problems.
- Having a emotional history or physical trauma.
- Facing too many problems that are not controllable ( All of them leads to too many thoughts, sometimes cycles of thoughts).
Not only that, rumination is also common in people who have specific personality traits, which include perfectionism, Neuroticism, and an excess focus on any particular thing.
These all leads a person towards rumination because they lend too much importance to things that are not even working for them.
How to stop rumination?
Basically, it's not much of a deal, the only thing is you need to realize that you're ruminating. Because a lot of people ruminates but they do not realize that ruminate.
So, things get worse for them with time.
When you realize that you're ruminating, you need to distract yourself. Find something that can grab your total attention like watch TV, talk to your best friend or just meditate for a few minutes.
Find distractions to avoid rumination
- Read books.
- Watch your fav shows on Netflix.
- Talk to your best friend.
- Do anything that distracts your mind from those thoughts.
Meditation is something that can totally change your life if you're doing it right. You have seen people who meditates regularly have more peaceful and calm aura as compare to those who do not.
So meditation can reduce your rumination because it clams your mind and relaxes your thoughts.
Talk to people who care for you
We always have some people who really care for us and ready to shed tears for us, if required.
Just figure out such people in your life and talk to them. Because sharing your thoughts with can light up mood and clam down your thoughts.
Work to Improve your self esteem
People who have low self esteem are more prone to rumination because they don't trust their thoughts and emotions. Also they fail to manage them properly.
Many people who ruminates have difficulty with their self esteem. In fact, low self makes a person more vulnerable and an easy target to rumination. Sometimes it also leads to depression.
Enhancement of self-esteem can be achieved in many ways, for example.
- Plan things and take actions.
- Do not fall into your thought traps.
- Keep in your mind that nothing is stronger then you in this world.
- Be positive about self all the time.
- Do not undervalue yourself in any case.
All these things works really good to enhance your self-esteem. And Improved self-esteem can do miracles for a person who want to avoid rumination.
Other solutions for rumination;
- Understand and question your thoughts.
- Find out why you're having these thoughts (fear behind the thoughts).
- Avoid people who makes you ruminate.
- Be with people who makes your life calm and clear.
Is it possible to stop rumination?
Yes it is, the only thing is you need to realize with in time that you're ruminating and you need to control that before it slips away from your hand.
With little bit of awareness and some life hacks you can totally control your rumination. Also it is possible to get rid of ruminating of thoughts.
Just try to plan right thoughts into your head and overcome all your fears because most of the times rumination happens because of our inner fears.
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