Ready to kick off our four-part series on Developing a Healthy Mindset?
We’re thrilled to bring you a taster of our upcoming workshop on changing your mindset. Here in our taster four-part series we're looking at:
- How to Review, Reset, and Refocus when it comes to your mindset
- Thinking styles that sabotage our mental health and wellbeing
- Psychological risk factors for Anxiety and Depression
- The Anger Mindset
Today we’ll focus on making a fresh start on our mindset by drawing on techniques used commonly in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). As a sweetener, we even have a FREE worksheet for you! More on that to come later.
Let’s kick thing things off by reviewing your current mindset with the following questions:
- What aspects of your mindset are you happy with? What are you dissatisfied with?
- What events typically trigger the stumbling blocks when it comes to your thoughts?
- What themes keep cropping up for you?
Take a step back and think about how you think. That is, think about what you do well – these are skills to hold on to. Examples of such skills may be checking out the facts rather than jumping to conclusions, or seeing things from the other person's perspective.
What about those aspects of your mindset that you’re dissatisfied with? Are there recurring themes when it comes to triggers for the way you feel, say discussions with your partner about money, getting feedback at work, or people speaking to you in a particular tone? Are there particular individuals or topics that typically trip you up?
Resetting is about looking at wiping the slate clean and preparing to make changes and to do things differently, but an important part of this process is also about your expectations about what the process of changing your mindset will be like. Ask yourself:
- How easily do you expect yourself to learn?
- How quickly do you expect changes to occur?
- How will you deal with slip-ups?
If you expect a complete turnaround after one week of practising a different way of thinking – when you compare it to the decades of thinking the old way – then are you setting up yourself to fail and feel disappointed?
In reality, building a new skill – and that includes learning to think differently – is something that takes time, effort, and a lot of practice, before it becomes second nature.
Developing a healthy mindset involves not only about thinking differently in the future, but also preparing for challenges that you may face. Questions to help you reflect on this process include:
- What will you do differently when faced with the same situation?
- How will you prompt yourself to re-think when the triggers are present again?
- How will you shift your thinking from the same old themes?
- How will you maintain the new focus?
Right, it all sounds good in theory but how do I put it into action? Check out our worked example that comes with your FREE worksheet below.
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