All of our minds work in different ways; where some people see a glass half full, others will see a glass half empty. This post is dedicated to those whose first thought is whether or not the water within the glass is poisonous. It is very normal for people to be met with a minor inconvenience (or just a hypothetical inconvenience) and then allow their minds to wander and begin to dwell on what negative connotations could occur. This is not unusual, but that doesn’t stop having such a mindset from being frustrating. As such, you may well be looking for ways to train your mind to not worry about such things. If this is the case, then the below should be helpful as it will highlight some of the best steps you can take.
Make Small Preparations to Set Your Mind at Rest
If you do think of bad scenarios a lot, then there is nothing wrong with making a few small preparations that will help you rest a bit easier at night. These preparations could be stocking up on different medications, keeping a first aid bag nearby, or letting people know where you are going if you’re heading out and what time you should be back. When you make these kinds of preparations, you tend to find that those feelings of thinking of the worst-case scenario aren’t quite as prominent, and when they do arise, you feel a bit more at ease with them.
Stop Trying to Time Travel
The majority of catastrophes take place in the near future, and as such, you may often find yourself trying to time travel in order to learn more about these worst-case scenarios. Of course, it is totally normal for you to worry about some events in the future, but you need to try and remind yourself that where being prepared is one thing, getting too far ahead of yourself is also never a healthy thing. Try to focus on what is happening now and what you can do to have a positive impact on your present as opposed to worrying about the future.
Play Out Your Worst-Case Scenario
You will often find that if you play out your worst-case scenario, then you will realize things generally aren’t as bad as they seem. In fact, you may well begin to respect the opportunity within a worst-case scenario. For instance, if you are worried about exams coming up, then if you are to fail them, what does this mean? Would you go into another field of research? Would you try to learn more about yourself? If you dig deep, you may find the worst-case scenario isn’t that bad.
We all have different mindsets and deal with things in different ways, but when you have a tendency to always think of the worst-case scenarios, this can be incredibly frustrating. By practicing the above, you may well find some helpful ways to stop getting into that mindset so frequently.