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Stop Catastrophizing

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Hannah Castillo
Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach
Catastrophizing is an unhealthy thinking style. Engaging in this thinking style often causes you to jump to the worst-case scenario, even when you have very limited information to indicate that something bad is going to happen. This can contribute to anxiety and sadness. With practice, you can become aware of these thoughts and work to reframe your self-talk.
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11 reflections
Never realized…
First of all I never realized that this affliction of Catastrophizing is a word. I have been doing this my whole life. Happy to report that regardless of the word (I call it zero-60), thanks to Aura-my reaction to situations has significantly softened. I am able to take a step back and look at the whole situation and be mindful of what is really happening. Thank you for this piece. It meant everything to connect to something I have done forever and am working to lessen and eliminate.
Great word!! Eye opening. My sister called it borrowing trouble. Loved this
I do this all the time
In listening to this meditation, I learned that there’s an actual term for something I’ve done for much of my adult life. Very many times I’ll jump to the worst case scenario in my mind and then, I stop dealing with the situation at hand, I’ll be spun out with anxiety about the catastrophe I’ve built in my mind. I need to practice more awareness and focus on not reacting to my initial negative thoughts.
Stop catastrophizing
This is so me 🥺 I’ve been made aware of this concept before in a mindfulness course I did and was relieved to find there was even a label for this way of thinking! Even finding that out made me feel better and I was able to start to deal with it. Then I forgot again but you have reminded me! . I needed to be reminded at this time as I lots of stressful happenings now and I need to be aware!!! To stop 🛑 catastrophizing!! Thank you 🙏
I learned that instead of jumping to the worse try to refrain and think rational thoughts.
Knee jerk
I do this all the time. Someone’s bad mood is always the worse case not simply a bad mood. Will work on being aware.
Over catastrophiIng
I learned that I need to catch myself when these thoughts arise and refocus on task in front of me or more reasonable thinking.
I felt seen
I do this catastrophizing without even realizing and I feel I need to work on catching myself in these moments and reframing my thoughts. I’ve been this way since I was a little girl. This will be hard work!!
Do this all the time!!
I do this all the time often with a random thought that popped into my mind. I will try to look at these differently!
I felt that she was speaking to me specifically. Fearing the worst, fearing I will lose a friend or a job after a mistake are things I have done.
I learned that it is not just me. I have been feeling like there is something very wrong with me on some days. It is good to know I’m not the only one.
Catastrophic thought process
I haven’t noticed that I think this way, until recently, but I suspect that I’ve been doing it for a long time.
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