Rumination is the compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. Rumination is similar to worry except rumination focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past, whereas worry is concerned with potential bad events in the future. Both rumination and worry are associated with anxiety and other negative emotional states.
So what to do when seduced by this state sucked in to repeat over and over same negative thoughts with no end in sight.
Acknowledge that’s what I am doing , recognise the pattern , STOP and ask self if wish to continuIe, if so WHY , what will it achieve. Is there a now problem could focus on instead of looking back.
Pull yourself together comes to mind , snap out of it too. These links will hopefully make me pause long enough to refocus. Top tip to call time.
Have a good day