People ruminate due to stress. With the availability of technology, the gap between work life and home life is shrinking. This increased demand on personal time can cause a lot of stress as you juggle multiple roles and concerns. Work. School. Family. Household Responsibilities. Diet. Activities. Money. Sometimes you may find these roles are in direct conflict with one another. Juggling should be a subject everyone is taught in school.
Interestingly, research has shown that juggling can actually help to relieve stress. It helps build gray matter in the occipito-temporal areas of the brain which are responsible for visual motion information processing. Additionally, juggling increases white matter areas associated with reaching, grasping, and peripheral vision. Because it requires intense focus, juggling can help improve your ability to concentrate. It can also improve your hand-eye coordination.
One of the best strategies for stopping rumination is distraction. So, if you find yourself worrying too much about your problems, grab a few tennis balls and give it a try! While you’re learning to juggle, see how difficult it is to think about anything else.