Do you awfulize? Always imagine the worse in every event and person? For individuals who awfulize, activities of daily living can be significantly impaired by the overwhelming sense of failure and demise. To negate these feelings, individuals who awfulize must learn to focus on internal feelings and apply logic over emotions. Often this is quite difficult but can be achieved through a few simple techniques.
Always recommended for every ailment, both physical and emotional, exercise, more than any other health practice, can be a key factor in improving the awfulizer’s suffering. When exercising, the body, experiences an increased flow in blood and endorphins are released. Through the physical changes, exercise boosts mood. In addition to these physical changes, exercise, quite often, provides the awfulizer with time alone to objectively analyze experiences and events so as to put things into perspective. With this time, the awfulizer is most often not subjected to external stimuli which might further exacerbate the awfulizing feelings.
For the awfulizer, one of the most common complaints is the overwhelming hyperactive flow of negative thoughts. While most thoughts are negative, the awfulizer should use this opportunity to consciously journal only positive thoughts. Using positive reinforcement, through written thoughts in a journal, will work to promote improved mood. Another technique involves the journaling of worst case scenarios. For some awfulizers, a coping strategy often involves the envision of the worst outcome and then devise a plan to recover or rebound from the worst case scenario. The key with this approach is that the awfulizing is rationalized and places the awfulizer back into control of the events should the worst outcome occur.
As a creative output, the awfulizer might consider painting as an option for expressing feelings and ideas. Putting music to the art of painting will provide for an expression of emotion. When the final artwork is complete, the awfulizer is left with a visual expression of the internal emotions. Most often this provides for a release of negative energy.
Interacting with individuals who are positive thinkers and motivators is a great way to remedy feelings of awfulizing. Ideally, the interaction should include communication which is one sided in which the awfulizer is not permitted to express negative energy or thoughts. Using positive and motivation reinforcement will provide the awfulizer with a new perspective on life and, oftentimes, creates a feeling of renewed energy and empowerment.
Whatever the choice for treatment, the awfulizer must be made aware of the pessimistic nature he or she exhibits. Once acknowledged, the awfulizer can begin to focus on methods to improve internal thought processes as well as verbal communications in social settings.