In this spark, you’ll learn about how having a growth mindset impacts your mental health. “[Those with] the fixed mindset had higher levels of depression...because they ruminated over their problems and setbacks, essentially tormenting themselves with the idea that setbacks meant they were incompetent or unworthy.”
The principle we're discussing
Even if you’ve never experienced depression or other mental health issues before, you probably know that they can take a serious toll on people. But even with mental health issues, mindset plays an important role in how you reach happiness again. Seeing a setback, failure, or problem as something you can work through instead of something that’s just bad about you can change the way you deal with your mental health - and lead to longer and stronger happiness in the future.
Why this principle is important and matters to you
Work can be hard. The last two years have made it harder. As we’ve learned to handle work and life in a different way, it’s made achieving a balance more elusive. Plus, the world outside your workplace has brought on both collective and personal trauma for many people and probably has changed how you work.
With a fixed mindset, moving forward from difficult and/or traumatic moments can feel impossible. And not just because it’s tough generally (and it is!) but because your fixed mindset is telling you that it’s not okay to be dealing with mental health issues at all, or that you’re a failure because you can’t get rid of them. But that’s not the case.
A growth mindset can help you work through whatever mental health issues you might be facing. Not with a magic fix (sorry, we’d love that too!), but because your growth mindset understands that setbacks are not detrimental or a reflection on you as a person. When you’re struggling at work or dealing with mental health issues, a growth mindset knows that it’s just momentary and that you have the skills to push through to the other side.
This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark
Reflect on a moment where you experienced depression or another mental health issue at work (if you don’t have one, try imaging how that might feel).
An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights