Not all negative thoughts are bad. But constantly thinking about negative things can lead to a downward cycle psychology calls rumination.

Rumination is when we have certain thoughts, memories, or ideas, that get stuck in our brain. And trying to relax, unwind, or think about something else can simply make the thought more ingrained.

There's a reason for this, and it's the reason why doing nothing is actually dangerous for rumination.

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00:00 The Frustrating Nature of Brain Rumination

02:51 The Impact of Rumination on Mental Energy Allocation

05:27 Minimizing Rumination Through High-Stimulation Activities

08:09 Engaging the Brain to Combat Ruminative Thoughts1

0:45 Directing Mental Energy for Positive Focus

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