[7GM1770] Wellness Wednesday: How to Overcome Catastrophic Thinking

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Audio On How to Overcome Catastrophic Thinking Contributed by Our Friends at Therapy in a Nutshell

In today's episode of 7 Good Minutes, in our Wellness Wednesday segment, we get a few helpful tips on How to Overcome Catastrophic Thinking from our friends at Therapy In A Nutshell.

Catastrophic thinking is a negative thought pattern characterized by extreme thinking. It's when you allow your mind to take a small problem and turn it into a much bigger one. This can lead to anxiety and other mental health issues. If you're someone who struggles with catastrophic thinking, know that you're not alone.

Here are some tips on how to overcome this negative thought pattern.

Acknowledge Your Thoughts

The first step is to simply acknowledge your thoughts. Don't try to push them away or ignore them. That will only make them worse. Instead, let yourself feel the full brunt of your emotions. Recognize that your thoughts are just thoughts they're not real. Once you've acknowledged your thoughts, you can begin to challenge them.

Challenge Your Thoughts

Once you've acknowledged your thoughts, it's time to start challenging them. Begin by asking yourself if your thoughts are really true. Are you 100% sure that what you're thinking is true? If not, then there's a chance that your thoughts are exaggerated or completely false.

It can also be helpful to ask yourself what evidence you have to support your thoughts. What facts do you have that back up what you're thinking? If you can't think of any evidence, then again, there's a good chance that your thoughts are exaggerated or false.

Reframe Your Thoughts

Once you've challenged your thoughts and found that they're either exaggerated or false, it's time to start reframing them. Reframing is when you take a negative thought and turn it into a positive one. For example, let's say you were laid off from your job and now you're thinking “I'm such a failure.”

A more positive reframe of that thought would be “I'm going through a tough time right now but I'll get through this.” See how the second thought is more positive and empowering? That's the goal of reframing.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and accepting things as they are without judgment. This can be helpful when it comes to overcoming catastrophic thinking because it allows you to focus on what's happening in the here and now instead of dwelling on past failures or future worries.

When you find yourself starting to catastrophize, take a few deep breaths and focus on what's around you. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? Keep bringing yourself back to the present moment until the negative thoughts have dissipated.

Catastrophic thinking is a negative thought pattern characterized by extreme thinking. If left unchecked, it can lead to anxiety and other mental health issues. However, there are steps you can take to overcome this negative thought pattern, including acknowledging your thoughts, challenging your thoughts, reframing your thoughts, and practicing mindfulness.

By taking these steps, you can begin to train your brain to think more positively and effectively cope with stressful situations.

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Hi there! I’m Emma, and I love helping people change. I know that understanding mental health can be confusing and stressful, but I also know that there’s hope. You can change your brain and resolve painful emotions, and I can walk you through that process.

I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. And I have walked with thousands of people as they go through the process of changing their lives. Because I’ve seen so many people do it, I am absolutely confident that your brain is wired to change and deep healing is possible for you.

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My mission is to make mental health skills more accessible through YouTube videos and online courses. Therapy in a Nutshell is built around the idea that small and simple steps can turn into massive change and growth. I don’t just help people get feeling better, I help people get better at feeling.

I’ve been working in the field of change and growth since 2004. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University, and I’m currently licensed in the state of Utah.


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