Creating a healthy mindset is an investment in your overall wellbeing.

Counsellor's Log Healthy Mindset

There are many strategies that help create and develop a healthy mindset.

Here are three to consider as Spring takes hold in our region:

Replace the negative with positive

Current research has concluded that any form of positive reinforcement could decrease anxiety and worry. Instead of imagining the worst, use this positive thinking strategy and picture yourself showing up happy, healthy, smiling, and enjoying healthy food. See if you can cause your meetings and social interactions to be more fulfilling with that positive mindset.

Maintain a growth mindset

New pursuits can boost self-confidence and reduce anxiety. Adults who mentally challenge themselves maintain healthier brains and lower their risk for diseases like Alzheimer’s. To prevent stress and anxiety, consider learning a new language, taking a class in a subject outside your comfort zone, volunteering at the local community center or even working on crossword puzzles regularly rather than mindlessly watch TV.

Practice gratitude

Research shows gratitude cultivates well-being while decreasing mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Gratitude can even help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed. Expressing gratitude can take many forms. You can reflect on the positive aspects of your life, keep a gratitude journal, give someone a meaningful “thank you,” and even find lessons to feel grateful about from challenging situations.

I hope that helps!

All the best to you,

Counsellor Harper