Anxiety is widespread and epidemic. It’s a problem that attacks the body but germinates in the head. Much of our anxiety comes from telling ourselves a bad story. If you change your story, you can change your life. Start by recognizing the voice in your head, listening to what it’s saying, and identifying (and then dumping!) faulty thinking pattern.
Here are few distorted thinking patterns which cause anxiety :
- Catastrophisizing – When we catastrophize, we anticipate disaster as the only outcome to any given scenario. We always assume the worst.
- All-OR-Nothing Thinking – It’s easily recognised when we use words, such as always or never, such as “I never win anything”.
- Unrealistic Standards – When you find yourself often thinking about all the things you “should” or “ought” or “must” do.
- Overgeneralising – When we take one or two situations and make it into a much bigger thing, like if you get fired and think “story of my life”.
- Ignoring the Positive – How often do we filter out the good or reassuring facts in a given situations when we are determined to see it badly?
- Exaggeration – When you brain responds with a thought like, “Oh shoot! I am really am terrible at my job,” you’ve exaggerated a simple mistake.
- Jumping to Conclusions – Jumping to conclusions happens when we don’t use any facts or evidence before we make up our mind on something.
- Emotional Reasoning – This is when we go down the thinking trap of “I-feel-it-so-it-must-be-true” and get worked up about something we don’t know yet.
- Self Blame and Criticism – When you blame and criticise yourself for everything, it’s difficult if not impossible to build confidence.
- Name Calling – It’s so easy for us to have a harsh and mean inner voice that calls names. Name calling does not motivate us, it only leads us down.
- Taking Things Personally – By thinking everything is your fault, you take on the responsibility of everyone’s well being around you.
- Worrying – This is when our brain likes to spiral on what-if’s, getting us nowhere fast. Worrying is a thought pattern that leads us to feeling anxious.