What to Do When You Are in a Negative Thought Spiral

Studies show what really works

Deb Knobelman, PhD
Curious

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My mind would not stop talking to me this afternoon.

You see, I ordered a multi-tiered plant stand for my office a few weeks ago. If you’re like me, video calls have become a staple in your work life. And in a moment of inspiration (insanity?), I decided a multi-tiered plant stand would look great behind me as I sat on those video calls.

But this multi-tiered plant stand came in one million pieces with one million screws. So as I sat there wrestling with an Allen wrench for an hour, my mind was in a completely different space, uncoupled from the task at hand.

I had talked to a friend earlier in the day. She offered to reconnect me with an old colleague who might have some consulting opportunities. My work is a delicate balance between staying engaged in the work for current clients while keeping my eyes open for other opportunities.

So while my hands were occupied, I had a nonstop stream of words running through my head. And none of them were good.

Nothing will come of this.

That old colleague will never remember you.

Even if he does remember you, he will be very unimpressed with the work you’ve done since you parted ways.

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Deb Knobelman, PhD
Curious

Neuroscience. Wall Street. C-Suite. Parent. Recovering Nervous Nelly. https://www.debknobelman.com