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If You're Always Catastrophizing, This Mood-Steadying Supplement Can Help

Emma Loewe
July 25, 2022
Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
Emma Loewe is the Senior Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us."
Image by Rachel Gulotta Photography / Stocksy
July 25, 2022

Let's say you have a big project coming up at work. When you think about it, do you feel excited about the chance to show off your skill set? Or nervous that you'll somehow mess it up and jeopardize your job, your career, and your chance at happiness in one fell swoop?

Catastrophizing—or assuming the worst possible (and sometimes impossible) outcome in a given situation—is something we all do from time to time. But some of us are more prone to it than others. Those who have a lot of underlying stress and anxiousness in their lives might find it particularly hard to break up with the unhelpful habit.

To pump the breaks on catastrophic thinking and negative thought loops, experts recommend a few mental exercises. First, you can think the situation over while calling yourself by your first name to create some distance and adopt a more neutral point of view. Or, you can consider how much less pressing the outcome of the event will probably feel a month, a week, or even a few days from now. Finally, you can ground yourself in the current moment and reconnect with your reality. Chances are that when you do, the situation playing out in your head will feel slightly less, well, catastrophic.

You can connect with the present through activities like deep breathing, exercising, or even just doing some distracting household chores. mindbodygreen also designed a calming supplement to be yet another resource for in-the-moment grounding.

How calm+ can help mellow out catastrophic thinking.

The calm+ supplement features a blend of EU organic full-spectrum hemp oil, ashwagandha, and lavender oil. Each of these ingredients attacks stress and unfounded nerves from a slightly different angle.*

Ashwagandha works to decrease levels of cortisol1, the stress hormone, over time, while hemp oil and its phytocannabinoids like CBD quickly engage the body's relaxation response.* Lavender, on the other hand, has been shown to interact with the brain in a way that provides calming, anxiousness-reducing benefits.* 

Together, they form a botanical trio that is safe to take at any time of day for fast mood support.* "I really enjoy this product. It has been a good tool to help bring ease and live a less stressful life,"* says one calm+ reviewer Sarah P.

"This formula is phenomenal for improving one's response to the daily stressors of life that are ubiquitous in today's world,"* says another reviewer, Mark W. And finally, reviewer Denise notes, "I have noticed I feel more calm and grounded since I began taking this supplement."*

The takeaway.

It's easy to get caught up in your head and imagine the worst outcomes sometimes. But with a few nifty mindset shifts—and maybe a grounding supplement like calm+—you can get on with approaching life from a more balanced and realistic perspective.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.
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Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director

Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.

Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.