meditative visual representation of the positive effects of mindset shifting


Dec 16, 2023briar de wolfe
As you head to school or work, you make your way into the subway, descending the cold steps and tapping through the gates. From afar, the screeching wheels of the subway echo, accompanied by the three-toned bell. It's rush hour and there's already a sardine can of people already filling the cart. You're about to face the rest of the day and it literally feels like a struggle to find space for yourself.
What thoughts feelings arise after reading that paragraph?
As expected, a portion of commuters commonly experience exhaustion, annoyance or overwhelm. However, other commuters remain in their own world, undisturbed and fully dedicated to their morning routine. For the overwhelmed or exhausted commuter, this could be an opportunity for mindset shifting. 

What Is Mindset Shifting?

Mindset Shifting is the practice of changing one's perspective or attitude to overcome obstacles like limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, and mental barriers to achieve goals.

How Does Mindset Shifting Work?

Mindset shifting works by intentionally choosing the way we view and make sense of the world around us. It involves an active process of challenging our existing beliefs and replacing them with new ones that are supportive and empowering.

Here are 3 Useful Tools for Mindset Shifting:

  1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is therapy that changes negative thought patterns and behaviors. It identifies negative thoughts and beliefs and replaces them with positive and realistic ones. CBT is effective in treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
  2. Mindfulness meditation focuses on the present moment, accepting it without judgment. It reduces stress, anxiety, and depression and improves well-being. It can be practiced through sitting, meditation, walking, and body scan.
  3. Positive affirmations are used to challenge negative self-talk and empower oneself. They can boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. They can be written down, said out loud, or repeated silently to oneself.

Mindset shifting is a powerful tool that can be used to overcome mental barriers that prevent us from achieving our tasks and goals. By changing the way we perceive and interpret the world around us, we can create a more positive and productive mindset. With the use of CBT, mindfulness meditation, or positive affirmations, mindset shifting can help us get through each day.

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