How often do we say we’re stressed? And what does it really mean? Stress is when our thoughts tell us we are unable to cope. And that’s a big statement. A lot of the time our thoughts reflect this through one factor…. rumination; regurgitating the same thoughts over and over again in our mind. We might think about the past and how historic events have affected the present. We might think about the future with trepidation, but this thinking style means we are not in the moment. Rumination travels across time and distracts us from the here and now.