I am the sort of person who likes to think ahead and catastrophize every potential scenario that could happen.
- I know that this is not good for your mental health and most people do not recommend that you spend time dreaming of all of the worst-case scenarios.
I absolutely agree that it is not great for keeping a positive outlook on life or feeling optimistic. However, I also find that the more I think about negative things happening, the less likely they are to happen. This is why I was very upset with myself last week when I did not think about all of the indoor air quality control disasters that could take place while my husband and I were out of town. We were going on vacation and quickly set the thermostat to away mode. This meant, the indoor air temperature control device would keep our heating and cooling system running at a very low level which was appropriate for keeping pipes from freezing or mold from growing. Other than that, we did not worry very much about the indoor air temperature, our furnace, or our air conditioning unit. In fact, we thought we would be saving a lot of money on our energy bills by taking this trip. Little did we know, a massive storm would blow through the area and cause damage to our home while we were gone. We returned to the house to find a gaping hole in one of our walls and our thermostat desperately trying to keep the indoor air temperature managed, despite the absence of indoor air containment or insulation. When we received the energy bill for the month, I really began kicking myself for my lack of catastrophic thinking.