Have you ever felt overwhelmed with anxiety, sadness, or stress and just feel stuck, like you have no way out? If so, you are not alone. Many people have period of times like these were they just feel stuck and do not know how to change things or to improve their situation.
Well today I’m going to be sharing with you the one question that can help transform your mindset from one of anxiety or sadness, into one of motivation and self-empowerment.
So, what is this one question you should be asking yourself to transform your mindset?
Does this serve a purpose?
When you are feeling so anxious you thing you might have a panic attack. Ask yourself, does this serve a purpose? Does having this awful, debilitating anxiety help you right now? Is it going to benefit you in some way? The answer is probably, No.
So, why focus all of your energy and mind power on the anxiety or negative feelings? Instead focus on if having that anxiety is benefiting you. If it is not, then move your thoughts on to something more productive and helpful to you, like positive affirmations or deep breathing.
The goal of asking yourself this question is to get you used to recognizing helpful and not helpful emotions in situations.
What I mean by this, is there is a time and a place for every emotion but sometimes the lines get blurred and our bodies and mind start reacting to things in an unhelp manner (aka causing a disorder or dysfunction). So how do you fix it? Well, you retrain your body and brain to react in the appropriate way to situations.
Here’s some examples:
Anxiety or “fight or flight” is helpful when there is a bear charging toward you and you need to escape danger.
Anxiety or “fight or flight” is not helpful when you need to go to the grocery store or in public. This is a learned “dysfunctional” response to a non-dangerous situation that needs to be unlearned. AKA “does this serve a purpose?” the answer, is no. Having a panic attack every time you need to go in public does not serve a purpose.
So why does asking yourself this questions help change your mindset?
The goal of asking yourself this question is that you have to be present in the moment and recognize negative and “non-helpful reactions” so that you can redirect your mindset to something more helpful and positive. By doing this you will slowly be retraining your body and brain to react to situations and scenarios in appropriate ways that are more beneficial to you.
This will take time, but with continued practice it is possible to retrain your mind/body reactions to certain things. Your brain is always learning and making new connections, so why not take charge and change all those negative, learned reactions into positive ones.
So, lets recap how you can transform your mindset:
- ask yourself does this emotion/feeling/thought serve a purpose?
- if the answer is no, then mindfully transitions your thought into something more positive like affirmations or positive self-talk
- practice this mindfulness everyday until it becomes habit
- finally, enjoy your transformed mindset!
This is not a quick and easy solution. This is more of a permeant solution to fix negative/unhelpful emotions. With continued practice you can retrain your brain and body to be more at ease and beam positivity.