MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

1. See the glass as half-full!

There are always 2 ways to view an event - Train yourself to focus on the positive in a situation.

In a study with the British Science Association, I found that optimism can buffer against depressive symptoms. And people who have high working memory are more optimistic. They are more hopeful and confident about the future compared to those with low working memory; they are more likely to expect the best possible outcome from a situation.

Why is this finding important? There is substantial evidence that people with a high sense of optimism are less likely to suffer serious illness; also, when they do fall ill, it is less severe and they are better able to cope with their condition, and as a result recover faster.

High working memory prevents you from fixating on a problem and allows you to be proactive to plan ahead and solve the problem.

2. Practice Self compassion
In my research with young people, I found that the biggest predictor of suicidal ideation was a feeling that they were unworthy
of love. Change this mindset by daily listing positive attributes about yourself.

 



MY RESEARCH (FULL LIST)

  • Does working memory mediate the link between Dispositional Optimism and Depressive symptoms? Applied Cognitive Psychology