A simple technique to stop over-thinking
Many of us over-think the problems in our lives. Maybe you over-think your relationships or eating habits. Perhaps you worry compulsively. If so, you’ve probably wondered how to stop over-thinking. You may even have started to over-think over-thinking! When it comes to food and our eating patterns, over-thinking can be especially destructive. If you’ve ever wished you could just turn off your over-thinking, this simple guided meditation may help.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from Dr. Jennifer Taitz’s audiobook, End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food. Dr. Taitz, a clinical psychologist, knows that eating can all too easily become a strategy for coping with depression, anxiety, boredom, stress, and anger. Eating is also a reliable reward when it’s time to celebrate. If you’re ready to experience emotions without consuming them or being consumed by them, End Emotional Eating can help. You’ll learn how to manage your emotions and urges gracefully, live in the present moment and cope with distress skillfully.
What’s in this episode?
In today’s episode, Dr. Taitz discusses the pitfalls of rumination. Those of us familiar with over-thinking know that it can exacerbate small disappointments and struggles until they feel overwhelming. Dr. Taitz walks us through the links between over-thinking and suppression, avoidance, and distress—and offers a way to stop over-thinking with a soothing and centering guided mediation. This meditation is designed to bring you out of your thoughts and into the present moment.
Rumination is actually a form of avoidance. When you ruminate, you are less focused on directly experiencing and expressing the current emotion and are more caught up in an abstract story. You can think of rumination as a way to try to analyze and control thinking. Does it help? It may often be as pointless as worry, to which it is similar.