August 15, 2022
4 Strategies for Not Thinking about the Worst When Stressed

4 Strategies for Not Thinking about the Worst When Stressed

  • Patricia Riddell
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People who like to feel in control are more likely to be intimidated

Imagine you have a job interview tomorrow. Some people may think about what kind of questions to ask to get ready. For others, the mere thought of an interview will cause them to roll in bed and think of all possible worst-case scenarios — no matter how critical they may be.

If you have a tendency to act this way, then you are prone to catastrophizing.

Disaster is a tendency to assume the worst will happen when imagining a future situation – even if you have evidence that this is not the most likely outcome.

People who like to feel in control (and therefore do not tolerate uncertainty) are more likely to feel that way. This has been linked to anxiety – suggesting that frequent catastrophe may be a factor in the development of some mental health problems.