Imagine having your second interview for your dream job. Do you celebrate on your success? Or do you already imagine getting turned down?

If you can relate to this situation, you might be catastrophizing. It’s a mental habit that you think that bad things will always happen. But therapists say that it is possible to break negative thought patterns. The first step is to know if you’re becoming anxious and to pause thinking for a while. Know that failure is a possibility rather than a guarantee. If you fail, you can still learn from the situation and do better next time. Create a mindset where you can check the situation with facts instead of negative thoughts.

This doesn’t mean you need to think of only good things all the time. Simply do things by being aware.