• Positive Mindset

Positive Mindset

Embrace the power of positive thinking, and learn how to reframe challenges as opportunities for growth and development. Utilise evidence-based strategies including gratitude, affirmations, self compassion and mindfulness to foster a positive mindset, build resilience and transform adversity into strength.

Shift your perspective & enhance your wellbeing

Shift your perspective & enhance your wellbeing

A positive mindset is more than just optimism; it's a way of thinking that fosters resilience, well-being, and personal growth by focusing on strengths, possibilities, and solutions. Those with a positive mindset view challenges as opportunities, reaping benefits such as enhanced coping skills, decreased stress, and improved mood and life satisfaction.

How psychology can help your mindset

Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Mindfulness practices foster present-moment awareness and acceptance. Psychologists utilise techniques like meditation and mindful breathing to enhance emotional regulation, reduce stress, and improve well-being. Cultivating mindfulness enables individuals to release negativity and embrace the present moment with openness and curiosity.

Cognitive-Behavioural Techniques

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) equips individuals with tools to identify and challenge negative thought patterns. Psychologists aid in recognising distortions like catastrophizing or black-and-white thinking, fostering balanced perspectives. Through cognitive restructuring, individuals develop a more adaptive and positive outlook.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) emphasises acceptance, mindfulness, and value-based action for psychological well-being. You're guided to clarify values, overcome barriers, and commit to actionable goals. Experiential techniques and exercises aid acceptance of difficult thoughts and emotions, to find meaningful progress.

The impact of negative thinking

The impact of negative thinking

Negative thinking is a thought pattern where you may focus on the negative aspects of situations, events, or even your self. You may interpret experiences in a way that emphasises problems, limitations, and potential failures, by imagining worst-case scenarios, blaming yourself for events outside of your control, holding beliefs such as "I always fail" or "Nothing ever goes right for me", or assuming others hold these beliefs towards you without any evidence.

Negative thought patterns can have a significant impact on your mental health, contributing to feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and a sense of helplessness. Identifying these thought patterns is the first step toward challenging and changing them, often through cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques or other forms of psychological intervention.

The power of positive thinking

The power of positive thinking

Meanwhile, positive thinking is an attitude characterised by optimism, hope, and a constructive outlook on life's challenges and opportunities. It's not about ignoring or denying negative emotions or challenges, but rather about approaching them with a constructive mindset. It involves reframing negative thoughts, focusing on solutions, learning to see the opportunities, strengths, and potential successes, and maintaining a sense of hope and possibility.

How can sessions assist with improving my mindset?

Psychologists play a crucial role in supporting individuals in cultivating a positive mindset through evidence-based interventions and therapeutic techniques. With tailored evidence-based strategies, a psychologist provides support, encouragement, and feedback to empower individuals to navigate life's complexities with purpose, resilience, and optimism. 

Understanding your behaviour

Positive mindset sessions provide a safe space to gain insight into the thought patterns influencing your behaviour. By uncovering these patterns, you can identify obstacles hindering your progress and address factors contributing to stress, anxiety, or dissatisfaction in your life.

Setting clear goals

Focused sessions help you clarify your needs, desires, and ultimate aspirations, allowing you to establish clear and achievable goals for personal development. Through exploration and reflection, you can align your actions with your values, fostering a sense of purpose and direction.

Addressing your mindset

Many people grapple with self-limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns that impede their growth and potential. Positive mindset sessions facilitate the development of a growth mindset, resilience, and self-compassion by addressing and challenging existing beliefs.

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Benefits of positive thinking

Developing a positive mindset can shape or change the way you view the world, what you expect from yourself and others, and have a great impact on your overall health and wellbeing. 

  • Enhanced Cognitive Flexibility: A positive mindset has been associated with increased cognitive flexibility, which refers to the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and generate multiple solutions to a problem.  
  • Happy Hormones: Positivity activates the brain's Dopaminergic Reward System, crucial for motivation, goal achievement, and learning. Dopamine, associated with pleasure, is released in response to positive experiences, enhancing cognitive function and promoting effective problem-solving through improved attention, motivation, and decision-making.
  • Stress Reduction: A positive mindset can alleviate stress's impact on the brain, thereby enhancing problem-solving skills. Chronic stress can impair cognitive function, especially in executive areas like working memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Positive emotions buffer stress, releasing neurochemicals like serotonin and endorphins, which counteract stress's adverse effects on the brain. 
  • Enhanced Resilience: Positive thinking can build resilience, allowing you to adapt more easily to life's challenges, focus on solutions, and and bounce back from adversity.
  • Enhanced Immune Function: Some research suggests that positive thinking may strengthen the immune system, making you more resistant to illnesses and infections.
  • Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Maintaining a positive mindset goes hand in hand with successfully managing stressors, and can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and better cardiovascular health overall.
  • Increased Lifespan: Studies have found that people with a positive outlook on life tend to live longer than those with a more negative mindset. Positive thinking may promote healthier lifestyle choices and behaviors that contribute to longevity.
  • Improved Relationships: Optimistic individuals are often more open, empathetic, and supportive, leading to stronger social connections and a greater sense of belonging.

How can I identify negative thinking?

Negative thinking can affect your mental health, relationships, and overall well-being, by contributing to stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy. 

Recognising negative thinking patterns is an important first step step in improving your mindset and your overall wellbeing, and these can appear in many ways:

  • Worst-Case Scenarios: You might inflate the severity of problems, and find yourself frequently imagining a worst-case scenario, or catastrophising negative events.
  • Over-generalising: Coming to a conclusion based on limited evidence, or isolated events - such as believing that one failure or setback means you will always fail, being broken up with means you are not loveable, or thinking "everyone dislikes me" when social plans are cancelled.
  • All-or-nothing thinking: Seeing things in black-and-white terms, without recognising shades of gray or nuance.
  • Self-blame: Blaming yourself unjustly when negative events occur, even when they are beyond your control.
  • Filtering: Focusing solely on the negative aspects of a situation, while ignoring any positive aspects.
  • Negative assumptions: Assuming that others hold negative opinions or intentions toward you, without any evidence.

What should I expect from a counselling session?

Your psychologist with work with you to understand your current patterns of thought and behaviour, and help you identify what what outcome you would like from your session(s). Their feedback will be specific to your particular goals and circumstances, but some of this things you can expect may be:

  • Mindfulness Practice: A psychologist can guide you through a mindfulness meditation exercise, focusing on cultivating awareness of positive experiences and emotions. Through mindfulness practice, you may learn to foster positive moments and let go of rumination and negativity. 
  • Cognitive Restructuring: They may help you identify negative thought patterns and distorted or negative automatic thoughts that contribute to a negative mindset. Using cognitive restructuring techniques, you may learn to challenge these thoughts and develop more optimistic and adaptive beliefs. 
  • Gratitude Journaling: You might be encouraged to keep a gratitude journal and regularly write down things they are thankful for. Focusing on gratitude cultivates a positive outlook and shifts attention toward positive aspects of life. 
  • Positive Visualisation: Guided imagery and positive visualisation exercises can help you imagine positive outcomes and cultivate optimistic expectations. Your psychologist may use visualisation techniques to help you envision yourself overcoming challenges, achieving yourr goals, and experiencing feelings of success and fulfilment. 
  • Strengths-Based Approach: Helping you recognise and leverage your strengths can empower you to adopt a more positive self-view and approach to life. Your psychologist may use assessment tools or exercises to identify your unique strengths and encourage you to apply these strengths to overcome challenges and pursue their goals.  
  • Values Clarification: By helping you align your actions with your values, you may experiences a sense of purpose and fulfilment, contributing to a positive mindset. 

Which areas is mindset counselling helpful for?

  • Study: Students wanting to overcome academic challenges, boost confidence, and enhance your learning experience.
  • Professionally: Wanting to shift your mindset to improve work-life balance, enhance productivity, and navigate career transitions or challenges.
  • Performance: Seeking guidance to shift your mindset to overcome performance anxiety, build resilience, and maximise your potential.
  • Health challenges: If you are dealing with health issues, therapy can assist to shift your mindset to cope with illness, enhance your recovery process, and promote overall well-being.
  • Life transitions: Navigating major life transitions, such as moving to a new city, starting a new job, or going through a divorce, may seek to shift your mindset to adapt to change and find meaning in your experiences.
  • Personal growth: If you are interested in personal development and are looking to shift your mindset to cultivate resilience, embrace change, and pursue their goals with confidence and clarity.

What clients say about My Mirror

06 April 2023

So grateful

I am so grateful for my psychologist from My Mirror, and having my psychologist available via telehealth has been so much more beneficial for my mental health. Being able to be seen, heard and listened to rather than waiting so long on a waitlist has been a godsend.

03 May 2023

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Having been initially sceptical, my overall experience with My Mirror has been fantastic. My Mirror matched and connected me with a psychologist who simply “got” me from the very beginning. I cannot recommend this service enough.

05 January 2024

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18 January 2024

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