A regulated prediction vs. worry

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In our journey towards self-regulation, making predictions can be a powerful tool. But here’s the thing: not all predictions are created equal. There’s a difference between a regulated prediction and plain old worry prediction. As a somatic behavioral coach, I often guide my clients through this distinction.

Regulated prediction involves a thoughtful assessment of potential outcomes way before the event, preparing ourselves for what might come our way. It’s like packing an emotional survival kit, equipping ourselves with the tools to handle whatever life throws at us. This approach acknowledges that bad things can happen but empowers us to face in a new regulated way.  On the flip side, worry tends to spiral into catastrophic thinking, paralyzing us with fear of the unknown. It’s like lugging around a suitcase filled with worst-case scenarios, weighing us down with unnecessary stress. By helping my clients differentiate between the two, we cultivate resilience and emotional agility, allowing them to navigate life’s twists and turns with confidence. So, next time you catch yourself fretting over the future, pause and ask: am I making a regulated prediction or simply indulging in worry?

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