Feeling stressed and anxious? Know a few people who are feeling the same way? Here are three steps to engage your character strengths and mindfulness to change perspective.
1. Reflect & Observe without Reacting
2. Reframe & Describe
Choose 1-3 different strengths to focus on, and look at the source of your anxiety through the lens of those strengths.
3. Rejoice, Act with Awareness and without Judgment
Selena is worried about changing jobs.
Reflect & Observe without Reacting If Selena cannot imagine that she will be successful because she doesn't believe in herself, that is taking humility too far! And if she feels like she pulled the wool over their eyes in the interview, this assumes that they don’t know how to interview people. Selena is overusing judgment and maybe not using social intelligence so well.
Reframe & Describe If Selena approaches this new job with curiosity, kindness and bravery - being curious about what she might learn, kind to herself when she doesn't know how to do something right away, and being nervous and doing it anyway - that makes this more of an adventure. No one knows it all on day one!
Rejoice, Act with Awareness and without Judgment Woohoo! (jumping up and down!) Just thinking about this as an adventure makes the nerves more bearable for Selena. They have not gone away, but that is okay. Sometimes being nervous is the right thing to be in the moment!