The Art of Catastrophizing

In my head, preparing for a worst-case scenario event seems completely logical. Why end up in a situation unprepared? What’s the harm in having a Mary Poppinsesque bag (besides the fact in real life, its insanely heavy)? I get a great sense of relief when I am prepared, such as when I bring my lunch to work or I brought my charger on a night out with my friends. However, it is never stops there. I can’t just have one backup plan; I need a backup plan for my backup plan. No matter how unlikely the event will be, I need to be ready. Do you start to see the issue?

This has a name, it is known as Catastrophizing, and it is unbelievably exhausting.

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IBS/Anxiety Doomsday Kit

As dramatic as the title sounds, going out in public can feel like a daunting task when you have IBS, anxiety, or both! There is the constant fear that you won’t be prepared for the worst case scenario. What if I have a panic attack? What if I need to go to the bathroom? What if I stress myself out so much I simply melt myself out of existence? There’s no shame in these ‘what if’ questions, no matter how unrealistic, and while I am on the journey to stop asking them, in the meantime, I built myself a kit so I always have an answer.

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Food Anxiety

How can someone be scared of food? It is essential for survival. Being scared of a murderer makes sense, if he finds you, he is going to kill you. Being scared of falling makes sense, if you fall, it’s going to hurt. Food, however, has no emotions, it is not a malicious being ,intent on killing me. The chances of dying from food poisoning are literally, 3,000,000 to 1. You have a higher chance of dying via falling out of bed, than eating food.

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