Rumination is unhealthy for the body

Rumination not only happens between the ears, but is also implicated in the health of all body systems. The underlying cause is that ruminators under stress are more likely to inadequately perceive their bodily signals and needs.

This is the result of the dissertation research of Caroline Schlinkert. Her research supports the idea that ruminators are possibly more vulnerable for frequently recurring (psycho)somatic complaints, such as burn-out, hypertension or pain. Therefore, in particular ruminators benefit from stress relieving interventions, for example mindfulness.

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