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How to stop my brain from creating a series of situations that leads to the worst thing?

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Last Updated: 09/27/2021 at 10:03pm
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Top Rated Answers
ccasper
February 24th, 2015 7:44am
Identify if you're thinking in black and white terms and tell yourself life will go on irrelevant to the situation. It helped me to realize (even though most times I've thought this, it ends way better than expected) that even if the worst does happen, I will live. I have had the worst happen, and I'm ok. Identify what is making you feel this way; try to be logical as opposed to reactionary. Best of luck, I feel this question with all my heart.
AkankshaP
February 22nd, 2015 11:04pm
The best way to overcome this problem is to let your mind wander off, think of the worst case scenario first of all. Then try to negotiate with yourself, think of the positive thing around you, then think of the best case scenario and then find out where you lay in-between both. Turn your thought positive but don't stop your mind from thinking it, it will only make it worst.
Lifenote
April 11th, 2015 7:46am
you have to note that everything your brain creates is been created by you, having a more visual impact on your abilities to see the development on thoughts could lessen the situations leading to the worst things, I suggest a daily meditation session to connect with your mental side.
Anonymous
May 20th, 2015 11:24am
to stop thinking about the future, the future can give you false hope, dissapointing..... or happiness without even thought about it so you are even more happy and suprised. so don't dwell in the future, just think of the presence, what will come.. will come..... don't force it like that
poptart99
July 20th, 2015 9:45pm
instead of dwelling on the possible bad outcomes or something that's bothering you. talk about it or take a walk and think of ways to help the problem and better things. don't make up scenarios in your head with bad outcomes it could stress you out even more
Anonymous
November 3rd, 2015 7:44am
I sometimes catch my brain falling into the rabbit hole of worst-case scenarios by realizing I go from one bad case to the next very quickly. It's easier for me to think about the worst outcome than the best. If I catch myself doing that, I try and think of the best possible outcome, even if it's unrealistic or even silly (like winning a million dollars). After exploring the extreme and unlikely ends of the spectrum, I find it is easier to imagine a more realistic scenario and outcome.
Sol369
December 1st, 2015 1:04pm
Distraction is often a really good way to stop yourself from thinking too much about something. So you could think about unrelated things or get a hobby to distract yourself. Another thing you could do is condition yourself to think in a more positive manner. You could, for instance, think two positive thoughts for every negative thought that you think.
Ballard
July 19th, 2016 5:25am
It's hard, I know. Slowly start guiding your brain into a different scenario altogether. Know what is and what is not likely to happen and choose to protect yourself from harm.
kindSound26
June 11th, 2015 5:21pm
I think that's a pretty common problem that people have and I've dealt with that a lot before too. I think what has helped me is just trying to distract myself from thinking about it. Another thing that could take away the fear of that "worst thing" is to think about what would happen if the worst possible situation happened, how would you handle it? Would it really be the end of the world? Often times it isn't as bad as you think. And if it is, maybe try to come up with a plan for what you would do if that happened and it won't seem as frightening.
Anonymous
December 8th, 2015 1:43am
Distract yourself from the thought process. Do something mindless like playing a game. Things like that can make you completely forget.
CatieCatWhispers
January 25th, 2016 12:31am
Stopping your brain from creating a series of situations that leads to the worst thing can be controlled and changed but it does take multiple steps and it could take many months, depending on the way that your mind works. But with the training, your mind can be "reprogrammed" to think more along positive thoughts than negative.
PaintedLyrics
August 13th, 2018 2:55am
It may seem a little strange but many people tend to do physical actions to get rid of their negative mental thoughts. Many people will wipe their forehead or go into the bathroom and flush the toilet as if they're flushing away their problems. This may seem a little funny but it can actually help.
Anonymous
June 6th, 2016 5:51am
Stop and think while thinking about such situations. Tell yourself these are unrealistic, this is just your brain talking and telling you to jump to absurd and scary conclusions. Remind yourself that it is unlikely and you are okay and the outcome could be much different than you think.
Anonymous
December 7th, 2015 9:43pm
We all do this at some point, it's basically just us worrying about the outcome of a certain situation, it's a normal thing (-:
Anonymous
September 27th, 2021 10:03pm
you can stop creating a series of situations that affects your mental health by accepting past and what is happened you cannot change though you think about it . When i was facing that situation i used to keep myself always busy if i was free from work or not focusing on something my brain used make situations which makes me feel anxious so if you try to focus on present and doesn’t think about future or past and think if it meant to be happen it heppen you cannot change by thinking about them it only ruins your peace . If you can focus only in present and keep yourself busy it really helps you and deviates you from making things worse . You can keep yourself by doing things you love to do . And focus on yourself . Hope this is helpful and you come out of this soon .