TRY THIS: If you tend to assume the worst case scenario – STOP! All this does is make you more anxious and drains energy you’ll need down the road. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself – What’s the best case scenario? What’s the most likely scenario? Remind yourself that the worst case scenario and the most likely scenario are never the same!
THE RESEARCH SAYS: While waiting, some people reflexively assume the worst case scenario. Those that do tend to fixate on their uncertainty and constantly worry about the outcome (Sweeney and Andrews, 2014). Their worry fuels their anxiety and their anxiety fuels their worry.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: waiting on bonus, performance review, job offer, promotion, customer feedback, test results, meeting outcome, important announcement
COMMON REACTIONS: anxiety, uncertainty, self-doubt, rumination, sleeplessness, irritability, anger, frustration