Do you find your mind is out of control with worry thoughts?
Catastrophizing (v): a cognitive distortion that prompts people to jump to the worst possible conclusion after a minor setback.
Today is not a minor setback which makes it easy to justify worrying.
It is even easier to let your worried thoughts pile onto themselves until they overrun all cognitive and rational thinking.
We need to do all that we can to manage our minds - we are in for a long haul - and we are resilient humans who will prevail on the other end.
How to stop catastrophizing?
- Become mindful: when a thought pops into your mind, be aware of it.
- Don't push the thought away, acknowledge the emotion but don't let your mind run away with it.
- Slow it down: When heightened it is so easy to pile onto one thought until we are in an apocalypse. Keep it real.
- Fence your worries, if you can't control it, you have to let it go.
As a coach, the first thing we learn is how powerful our minds are and how to be mindful of our beliefs and thoughts. It just takes awareness and practice.
Share with us how you keep your worry in check?