“I’ve got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I’m stressing about for absolutely nological reason.”
Sounds silly but somewhat true. I found myself running late to work one day and I am mostly an on time type person. It bothers me a lot if I am late. I realized on my rush to get there that I had made up various scenarios of what would happen if….. What would happen if I hit the train? How was I going to get in touch with my appointment? What happens if there is a wreck? What happens if I got stopped by the police? (SIDE NOTE: on the road to my office there are cops daily giving out speeding tickets, seriously) All kinds of silly things that didn’t happen and I was right on time. However, these thoughts left me frazzled a bit.Pay attention to how often your brain takes your thoughts in various directions to no man’s land. A lot of times we don’t even realize we are doing it until we have created several stories in our minds. You will have to be intentional about this exercise so set a time frame to watch where your mind wanders. Then log what are you doing, are you stressed, calm, how many fake scenarios did you come up with? The more you recognize your thought processes the easier it will become to make changes in your life.