Making small changes to better your mindset has the ability to improve your mental wellbeing, and ultimately, your life.
Let’s face it, it’s been quite a year for all of us. The circumstances we have faced have made even those with the strongest mental fortitude crumble at times. So what if you didn’t have a lot of mental strength, to begin with, where are you now? So many are currently struggling. I want you to know you are not alone, and there are ways to improve your mental health.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. If you have frequent anxious thoughts or deal with constant emotional stress, putting effort towards working on your mindset will be extremely helpful. It won’t be easy or a quick fix, but it will assist with managing your daily mental state.
The information I share is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions.
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You Control Your Mindset
Our mindset is what produces the thoughts we have. That is the attitude that shapes our thinking which controls our actions and how we feel about things. If you have a negative attitude, then your thoughts start blaming and thinking the worst. When you have positive or healthy thoughts, you create a better environment for yourself and those around you. Everyone has a different pattern of thoughts and emotions tied into their mindset.
You have the power to adjust your mindset. This is not to say that you are the reason for your mental illness or poor mental health. You are not to blame for your depression or anxiety, but you have the ability to control how you handle it. Part of nurturing your mental health is understanding and accepting it as part of your life and finding ways to treat and manage it.
Mindset plays a significant role in how you cope with challenges. It determines how successful you will be in every area of your life. For example, someone with a growth mindset is much more likely to succeed because they are driven and believe to always aim for bigger and better things. Those with a closed or fixed mindset become stagnant, lacking the motivation to achieve more than they already have.
Your mindset is the force behind whether you thrive or avoid challenges, how you view failures and setbacks and how you persevere toward your goals. You can change your mindset when you realize it’s keeping you stuck.
How do you know when your mindset needs a change? After all, you’ve been thinking the same way for as long as you can remember. Or maybe you’ve had a rough patch and your attitude has gotten a bit out of whack. When you start having more negative days than good ones, then it is time for a mindset adjustment.
When you come to terms with the reason for rarely feeling content and relaxed is because of a negative mindset, you know it’s time to change your mindset to feel better about yourself and attract more abundance into your life.
Do you focus on failure instead of succeeding?
You feel angry and disappointed over every misstep without celebrating your successes. You constantly see yourself as a failure, unconsciously sending negative messages to your mind that you will fail at whatever you try to accomplish.
Try this mindset change: Keep a success diary acknowledging every success each day, no matter how small.
Do you have a victim mentality?
You have been a victim of bad experiences or been hurt by others you love, or you were traumatized from an event and you’re still holding onto those moments.
Try this mindset change: Forgive and let go of the past.
Do you have social media envy?
You see the (unnatural) glamorous lifestyles of other people online, and it makes you feel worse about yourself. You devalue what you have. You focus on what you don’t have or aren’t doing.
Try this mindset change: Acknowledge that no one has a perfect life. Focus on identifying the positive things you are grateful for every day and learning to love your flaws.
Are you obsessed with things you can’t control or change?
You complain about what you cannot control like the weather, government, traffic, and other people. Your mind is filled with everything you don’t like, rather than what you can control, which is yourself.
Try this mindset change: Identify how you can control your own actions and thoughts to make the experience more positive. Stop complaining and start taking actions that will bring you a greater sense of accomplishment and abundance.
Improving Mental Health Through Mindset
“See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time, with every person.”
– Bob Proctor
You probably don’t always think of ways mindset affects your life. You have gone through life thinking this way, either because of how you were raised or through other circumstances. Your mindset definitely affects your daily life. Change how you think, and you can improve your mental health.
According to the research of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, the power of our beliefs (both conscious and unconscious) and how changing even the simplest of them can have a profound impact on many aspects of our lives.
Schedule some time for yourself. Finding some small acts of self-care can greatly boost your health, happiness, and fulfillment.
Turning off your phone, computer, and television can be beneficial to your mental health. Give your mind a break from the news, opinions, and social media.
Don’t be afraid to break free of your comfort zone. Changing your mindset to one of growth allows you to see the many different paths available to you in whatever you are seeking, so you may move forward rather than stay stuck in the same place.
You may not realize how always saying yes impacts your life. It is perfectly fine to tell someone no, in order to keep the overwhelm and stress away.
Quiet Your Mind
Create habits and routines that calm the mind so that you can attain rest, peace, and serenity to turn off stress and anxiety.