Being ruled by your emotionsI’ve always been someone who is ruled by their emotions – and as much as I hate to admit it, I’m not very good at zooming out and looking at the bigger picture. If something bad happens on a Friday – it feels like the whole week was rubbish. If I suddenly feel a dark cloud of gloom appear over my head – then I suddenly can’t remember that yesterday was a fantastic day. I hate that I can have six amazing days, but it’s the seventh that sticks in my mind. Or I’ll have several people say nice things to me and one negative and focus in on the negative. Why is it that it only takes a small amount of negativity to cancel out a huge amount of positivity?
My name is Fran and I catastrophiseI am very aware that I do catastrophise and as a result I try to analyse these types of thoughts. I try and ask myself is it really that bad? Am I overreacting? Even if you are self-aware though, it can’t always stop you feeling those feelings.
Reality checkI kind of hate that phrase – but sometimes you need to stop and check in with yourself. Question why you are catrophising, face your fears – give your mind the space to explore those worries. This is what I’m trying to do with my silly mind at the moment.
Give yourself a little nudge in the right directionSmall things can make a world of difference to me and I sometimes need reminding of that. One of the things I find works for me is to write down each of my worries and address them head on. Sometimes seeing your worries written down can help you realise just how silly you are being. If they are genuine worries then it allows you to start thinking about how you can combat the worry.
Get yourself a better frame of mindSomething that definitely makes a difference for me is getting in a positive state of mind. Catastrophising creeps in very easily when I’m feeling a bit off so getting some positive vibes flowing is a sure fire way to put those worries out of my head.
So blogging friends – are you like me and make a mountain out of a mole hill? What do you do to combat it?