I'm worried about the health of my business, my own sanity, my neighbors and people who I don't even know, hoping everyone in my world and beyond finds a measure of safety and peace in these next weeks and months.
Research tells us that counterproductive thinking tends to be heightened during four circumstances: (1) when there is vague and ambiguous information; (2) when something that you value is at stake; (3) when you're run down, stressed out, tired and depleted; and (4) when you're doing something for the first time. All four of those factors are now present in the way we live and work. As a result, anxiety and uncertainty are off the charts, but there are ways you can preserve your mental strength during these trying times.
Catastrophizing is worst-case scenario thinking. This style of thinking is problematic because it stops you from taking purposeful action - you stay stuck spinning your cognitive wheels.