There are 2 ways to respond to a stressful situation: with a Threat mindset or a Challenge mindset.

You focus on the opportunity for growth and positive outcomes. Even though you acknowledge that you may face risk, harm or loss, you feel realistically optimistic that you can develop useful skills or strategies to achieve the best possible outcome. You prepare yourself to rise to the difficult occasion by gathering resources and drawing on your personal strengths.

You focus on the potential for risk, danger, harm or loss. You feel pressured to prevent a negative outcome rather than to achieve a positive outcome. This often occurs when you feel things are outside your control or ability to change the situation or to avoid negative impacts. A threat mindset leads to an increase in stress hormone cortisol and the metabolism hormone insulin. Increased cortisol and insulin are associated with weight gain, difficulty with building muscle, and diabetes.

Food For Thought: When facing real-life challenges, would you choose to go in feeling stronger or weaker?

Activity by Junie Phua

Source: McGonigal, Jane. SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More Resilient. Penguin Press, 2015