Mindset and Anxiety
Anxiety is a huge mental health issue in our society today. We care too much about pleasing everyone, we obsess unnecessarily about things that may never happen, and we let negative thoughts take root in our minds. Studies have looked at how our mindset can affect mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
A dualistic mindset thinks in extremes – things are either right or wrong, weak or strong, a success or a failure. This type of all-or-nothing mentality often keeps your mind in an anxious state as you continually worry about making the right decision all the time, doing things perfectly and avoiding failure – all things that are impossible to do. Another type of mindset that is linked to anxiety is a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset says you are who you are and your personality, your strengths and weaknesses are all fixed and can not change.
The opposite of a fixed mindset is a growth mindset. A growth mindset says you can change and that your weaknesses can be improved, you can learn and grow as a person which can influence your personality and your thought patterns. Being in a growth mindset opens you to realizing that failure leads to growth, not every decision you make will turn out as hoped – and that’s okay, and will help you better handle anxious thoughts when they come your way. What type of mindset do you currently have? How can you change your mindset to improve your mental health and overcome anxiety?
-Stephanie Mahaney, Metabolix Clinical Specialist.
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