- Tina Freemantle
2 Ways to Stop Catastrophic Thinking
If you find yourself assuming the word possible conclusion you’re your catastrophising, and often it’s based on usually with very limited information or objective reason to despair, but when you’re in the midst of this it feels like a crisis.
While everyone has negative thoughts, many people’s negative thinking can spin out of control and proportion.
A relatively modest mistake or disappointment can become a major fear or reason for despair. In other words, a catastrophe.
This pattern of thoughts can become destructive and lead to anxiety and even depression.
By being aware of exaggerated conclusions and reframing them you can tame negative thoughts.
Here are two ways to stop blowing things out of proportion?
One way to do this is notice when this happens. Instead of labelling a negative thought “I’m a failure” tell yourself “I’m having a negative thought that I’m a failure” and give these thoughts a name or even a funny voice to diminish its power. Once you’ve labelled the thought, tell yourself “|this might take more time and energy which is frustrating” rather than saying “I can’t do this”.
To stop worrying about worst-case scenarios ask yourself two questions:
How bad would it really be?
Would it really be something that you couldn’t recover from?
While a future outcome might be very unpleasant, it might not be the end of the world