Mindset is a Game Changer in Handling Stress

| July 21, 2016

Learn how to reprogram your mind to better handle stress.

By Vic Lebouthillier

In the last decade the frontiers of brain science have been making significant claims about peoples ability to change there believes and psychological functions. Prior to this a wide spread societal believe was held that our brains were mostly hard wired: meaning like the color of our eyes, unable to change. The research of Dr Normam Doaish published in his book “The Brain That Changes Itself” gives numerous empirical evidences as to how people are succeeding at reversing the effects of stress, mental illness, addiction and other challenges.

Mindset and Stress

Building resilience within our psychology has many similarities to weight loss; if you eat the right food and less of it, with a small amount of exercise, the body’s response mechanism reacts and presto-weight loss occurs. Changing our psychological functions is similar to the weight loss process, if we commit to a process of training and support, success can be achieved. The biggest obstacle is the commitment. When our team began to study data from people who were succeeding at overcoming the negative effects of stress we discovered a key factor in these people was a readiness to change which created what experts called a growth mindset.

Growth and Fixed Mindset

The Power of The Mindset

A mindset is defined as a person’s attitude towards themselves, others, the surrounding world, and his or her belief that change is possible. There are two forms of mindsets:

  1. Fixed Mindset: is someone that believes that change isn’t possible or even needed. It limits a person’s potential for growth and improving their lives. The fixed mindset becomes established in us for many reasons ,which we will discuss in future blog articles.
  2. Growth Mindset: is when someone believes that change is possible and beneficial. This person has the humility and courage to become teachable and receive feedback as they follow a system of training that works to begin the incremental process of changing their beliefs and perceiving situations differently.

Which type of mindset do you have? Which one do you WANT to have? If you are ready for change, read our next blog!

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Category: Psychological health, Psychology, Stress management, Stress reduction tool, Strong Mental Health

About the Author ()

Vic is President of Health Factors where he leads a team of clinical researchers whose focus is keeping abreast of the latest findings in the field of advanced behavioral science, to increase treatment effectiveness. Vic is also Clinical Director at the Alive Wellness Centre, an in-patient program for people seeking mental health well-being. Health Factors has been internationally recognized and used in 23 countries by both private and government clinics, insurance companies, and university clinical training programs and has received the following awards and recognition: The United Kingdom Medipex National Health mental health Innovation of the year Award. Placed on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Practices. Received three Benjamin Franklin publishing awards. Approved US Military contractor and used on more than seven military bases. Selected partner with Mental Health Commission of Canada to promote workplace best practices.

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