Rumination, or obsessive over-thinking about your situations or life events, is linked to sleeplessness. It can easily become a cycle.
Difficult decisions can lead to a cycle of over-analysis, which in turn makes it harder to decide. We've all been there. The thing is, as you know, those questions don't trouble us when we are in the right place.
Following my post Let It Go a few days ago I received a question. I've edited it, the gist was: “How do I let go, if I cannot turn it into action? I would love some practical advice on this. It sounds so easy, but I find it very hard.”
Problem solving is stimulating and satisfying. Finding a solution to a problem can be so satisfying that you'd think we'd be better at doing it.
There's no need to be ruled by unwanted thoughts. If you are – though it may seem that you have no control – there are ways to change the habit. Like most things, it takes a little practice, and the first and most important step is to lose the idea that you can't.
I’m not promoting some high-brow agenda, I’m talking about how we seem to have an unhealthy preoccupation with the negative things that surround us.
Brooding will not only get you down, it'll make the misery seem more real and present. Reflection is good, but brooding is not; it is simply reinforcing the bad stuff, in some cases preventing us from moving on it our lives.