A warm welcome to our new community members and welcome to another weekly discussion 👋 💡🌸
Today I'd like to talk about mindset shifts.
Sometimes even the smallest shift can make a big difference in how we're relating to our situation.
For example, it's not hard to imagine someone wealthy who's feeling depressed and anxious and contrast it with someone poor who feels content and relaxed. Even though the first person's circumstances are objectively better, they are relating to their situation in a way that makes them unable to enjoy life.
An example closer to home might be reflecting on how we're relating to and thinking about our anxiety.
One way to react to anxiety (which I have definitely experienced!) is something along the lines of 'Why am so anxious, can't I just be normal?!'
Even though it expresses a real feeling, the implied self-criticism can make us feel even worse (as if anxiety was not enough!).
A mindset shift could be something like 'I am not enjoying being this anxious right now, but I can see how this situation is genuinely stressful for me. It makes sense that I feel anxious.'
It's a small change, but it leads to a very different way of feeling about yourself.
I'd like to invite you to think about what are some small mindset shifts that you'd like to practice this week.
Every time you notice the experience of anxiety, how would you like to react?
What is a self-understanding and kind way to relate to that experience?
Feel free to journal about this question in your own time or even share your answer here with us in the comments:
What's a mindset shift you'd like to practice?
I'll start! 👇