In our busy lives, it’s easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negative thoughts, but we have ways of controlling our thoughts.
How can we do it?
Depression is a repetitive condition that stays with many people who suffer from it. But there are some methods we can use to prevent it from coming back to us.
One of them is developing mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice that lets us be in contact with the present- here and now. When we’re mindful, we worship life itself instead of getting lost in our thoughts about the future or the past.
The opposite of mindfulness is rumination, and it’s when we focus on our sadness, problems, and worries.
This study tried to find out if there was a link between mindfulness and negative thinking.
They did some simple breathing meditation with the sample they were studying- the people were told to feel and observe their breath in a mindful way continuously, and return to it in an accepting, patient manner if they lost themselves in other thoughts.
They found that there’s a relationship between mindfulness and depressive symptoms.
The more mindful the people were, the higher were their awareness and acceptance without judgment.
They also found that more mindfulness brought about less repetitive negative thinking (RNT).
Brooding (comparing our situation passively with another one we can’t achieve) also had a negative relationship with mindfulness.
The more mindful and aware we are of life, the less time we spend on rumination and depressive thoughts.
Mindfulness, which we can achieve with simple breathing techniques involves a kind of awareness that helps us get rid of anxiety, worries, and negative thoughts.
Mindfulness helps us achieve “an accepting attitude” towards our experience in life. Through it, we learn to live in the present, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about things we can’t change.
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