Apocalyptic Thinking. The type of thinking you know very well, but haven’t quite put a name to.
Apocalyptic Thinking affects us all.
Sometimes it can save us from legit harm and risk.
Most of the time it holds us back from pursuing what we truly want.
The big issue is that most of us don’t recognize it for what it is even when we’re experiencing it.
Left unnoticed, Apocalyptic Thinking can rot our dreams from within, before we even give ourselves the chance to fulfill them.
Here’s what it is and how to lessen its negative affects on you.
WHAT IS IT?
Apocalyptic Thinking involves a series of thoughts that start out in a negative direction and quickly escalate to worst-case scenario thoughts and beliefs.
When we’re stressed, not absorbing the optimal nutrients our bodies and brains need, not getting our blood flowing through exercise (ie. overall not optimizing our brain), our mental health starts to get fatigued by daily tasks and starts to try to conserve energy.
For a healthy person, when something goes wrong, they have the mental capacity to put it into perspective, recognize the negative pattern and take action to break the pattern and get back on track.
When our brain health isn’t optimized, it does everything it can to conserve energy and effort, thus it takes short cuts to the most extreme thoughts and beliefs.
Instead of thinking of the bigger picture, analyzing the situation and making the effort to break the pattern, it jumps right to the worst-case scenario, leaving us in a state of fear and anxiety.
Our stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are triggered and we feel the need to make decisions immediately to stop feeling terrible.
We do whatever we can to get out of the situation (and the feeling) as quickly as possible.
While this approach can be effective for improving how we feel in that short-term moment, it often leads to more problems and ongoing struggles.
What’s needed in these situations is a game plan to solve, rather than eliminate the challenge.
When we solve the challenge, we can move beyond it.
When we simply eliminate it, additional challenges are often presented.
Here are some ideas to avoid Apocalyptic Thinking the next time something goes wrong…
AVOIDING APOCALYPTIC THINKING
3. CHECK IN
With awareness and these simple strategies, you can remove this barrier to performing at a higher level, feeling great and fulfilling your goals and dreams. If it’s a common problem for you, it will take some time to re-wire your brain to avoid, but I hope this article has shown you it’s possible and worth it. Your dreams matter and removing barriers in the way of them is the fastest way to fulfilling them.
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