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3: Analyze Your Circumstances

Potential Scenarios: What’s Your Worst-Case Scenario?

Think about an event, either positive or negative, and consider what your worst-case scenario could be.

Thinking through potential negative outcomes is a balancing act. On one hand, it can help you prepare for the unexpected by doing things like creating a rainy day fund or talking with your family about an emergency plan. On the other hand, if you only think about the worst-case, you can increase your stress levels by constantly worrying about things that may or may not happen.

For example, in thinking about a traditional family gathering, your worst-case may be that your child says or does something embarrassing. And, if this happens, then everyone in the family will remember it for years to come. At future family events, your child (even as a grown adult) will continually be plagued by retellings of the embarrassment and start avoiding the family to escape the anxiety it brings.

Granted, this may be far-fetched. But what can you do to stop such thoughts? Use this worksheet to think about possible worst-case scenarios and how to get through them.

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