The other day I felt stressed and overwhelmed because I had to prepare for a presentation at very short notice. I watched myself starting to feel negative, a little anxious and unhappy. Then the negative thoughts began. I haven’t had enough time to prepare because of how busy I’ve been. I usually have time to be properly prepared so I feel calm and not too pressured. Now I don’t have enough time. This is stressful. I’ll have to work into the evening. I won’t feel as prepared or relaxed tomorrow. (It sounds so boring when I actually write it down … but anyway.) I could see the potential for this negativity to get into a bit of a downward spiral.