Here is what we’ve been reading this week in mental health!
This week: Practicing mindfulness to reduce anxiety, What stops us from overcoming roadblocks, and perfectionism paralysis.
- I talk a lot about focusing on the present moment in order to reduce anxiety. Stress, doubt, and fear often come from an attachment to a specific outcome, which is often out of our control. But what can you focus on, if not the outcome? Here are some ideas. (zenhabits.com)
- Laziness does not exist. But unseen barriers do. There are always reasons you aren’t doing things you’re “supposed” to be doing. Address those reasons to unlock that elusive motivation that already exists within you. (Warning: although a good read, some explicit language is noted). (Medium)
- We’re evolutionarily predisposed to nitpick at our failings, yet doing so has the opposite of the intended effect. 3 steps to shift negative thinking. (New York Times)
- Are you a perfectionist? Our strengths sometimes transform into our kryptonite. It can fly under the radar and masquerade as the pursuit of high standards, yet it overlaps with a plethora of disorders from eating to obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, body dysmorphia, depression, and suicide. (Mindshift)
- Do you have “child-contingent self-esteem?” As parents, we may inadvertently be adding to our child’s stress levels by putting our own values in their success. (Washington Post)
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