Mental health can often get put on the back-burner when it comes to taking care of yourself — especially since there aren’t always physical signs showing when you need to take care of your mental health.
Our minds can be a lot more powerful than we give them credit for, so when we’re plagued with negative thinking or fear of failure, it can sometimes hold us back more than we realize.
Mindset work is about undoing our mind’s default settings, which D’Ambrozio says, are typically skewed toward negative and disempowering thoughts.
“We think we’re not good enough, fear of failure, fear of judgment. Those thoughts and beliefs get in our head, they hold us back and they make us miserable,” D’Ambrozio explained to In The Know.
This idea of reworking your mindset is what inspired D’Ambrozio to start debunking misconceptions about mental health and mindset work. She has over 42,000 followers on TikTok, where she encourages viewers to take care of their mental health.
“Part of the misconceptions with mindset work right now when we’re trying to form different habits or we’re trying to make changes in our lives — we’re focusing on that end piece, right?” she said. “But … the chain of reaction starts with our thoughts.”
D’Ambrozio has a few exercises centered on forming a more active approach to changing your habits and mental health.
The first one is awareness.
“Awareness of your thoughts is key,” she said. “It will then point you in the right direction of where you will specifically need to work to rewire whatever those beliefs are.”
To access a greater sense of awareness, D’Ambrozio suggested meditation and monitoring your thoughts in real-time.
“If you try to sit and meditate for a few minutes, you’re going to start to see how many thoughts are going through your brain and … what’s coming up for you,” she said. “[For example,] are you worried about something that happened this morning, or are you anxious about something that’s going to have happened this afternoon?”
Another tactic is to make note of your triggers. When something sets off a negative emotion in you, consider taking a moment to analyze why that is.
“Be honest with yourself and ask yourself, ‘Why?’ Because that’s an indication of something that’s upsetting [you],” she said.
D’Ambrozio herself is very open about how mindset work has gotten her to the point where she is today, which is why she’s such a big advocate for others to take the time to understand their minds better.
“Those mindset blocks are what’s holding us from going after our dreams,” she explained. “Until we work on that, we won’t be able to live up to our own full potential.”
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