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Coping Skills For Rumination


What Is Rumination?  This article will explore the definition of rumination.  It will also provide coping skills for those who are experiencing the difficulty associated with rumination.  Continue reading this article to find out more about rumination.

What Is Rumination?

According to, the following can be stated about rumination:

What Is Rumination?
Rumination is:
• dwelling on difficulties and things which distress us
• repeatedly thinking about events from our past
• becoming preoccupied with something and not being able to get it out of your mind
• a learned strategy for trying to deal with our problems

What Are Some Coping Skills For Rumination?


One powerful coping skill for rumination is meditation.  Meditation enables you to detox from the powerful, negative thoughts you are experiencing.  However, it is important to keep in mind one important aspect of meditating.  When you are meditating, you are not supposed to get rid of your thoughts.  You are simply supposed to let them go and let them pass naturally.  When you realize that you control your thoughts and your thoughts do not control you, you will have more control over your thoughts and will begin to ruminate less.  Meditation is one very powerful way to eliminate rumination in your life.

Distraction Through Exercise

In addition to meditation, another coping skill for rumination is distraction through exercise.  Consider going for a walk in your neighborhood.  Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful outdoors.  Summer is fast approaching.  This is the perfect time of year to go for a walk outside.  If you want to get really creative, you can take pictures on your walk, as well.


In addition to meditation and distraction through exercise, another coping skill for rumination is journaling.  One benefit of journaling is that it enables you to see a visual picture of your thoughts and feelings on a sheet of paper.  When you see these thoughts and feelings on a sheet of paper, you become more familiar with them and realize what is going on in your mind.  This enables you to better understand the experience.  You will become more aware of yourself and switch from a problem-focused mindset to a solution-focused mindset.


To end this article, this article has provided a brief summary of rumination, as well as some coping skills for rumination.  They include meditation, distraction through exercise, in addition to journaling.  Consider giving these three coping skills a try to lessen your rumination.

Coping Skills For Rumination

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Coping Skills For Rumination. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2020, from


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