Imagine the following.
You get home from work. You sit down after a hectic day and start to relax, until you think about a work project and realise you’ve made a mistake with some of the figures. Your thoughts then start to escalate…
What if my manager didn’t notice and I’ve caused the organisation to lose business?
She’ll be so angry she’ll want to see me in the morning.
I’m going to be sacked.
How will I ever find another job?
I won’t be able to pay my bills.
I’ll lose my home and my car.
You feel increasingly anxious and don’t sleep well. You become distracted and short tempered with your family, and by the time it’s morning your resilience and wellbeing are at an all-time low.
This is an example of catastrophising.
Catastrophising is when we believe the worst case scenario will always happen. Each negative thought leads to another, causing a chain where eventually the situation will seem hopeless.
It’s the basis from which many everyday worries stem from. But it can be stopped.
As with other negative thoughts, we can challenge them. We can realise that there is no real, solid evidence to back up our catastrophising.
This is the basis of Module 2 of our new Building Resilience at Work eLearning course.
It can help you to live in the moment, only concentrate on what matters at that moment, and avoid wasting unnecessary time and energy.
We can let go of stress we don’t need.