A few months ago I, Melissa Curran, Mindset Coach and Counsellor, developed the Mindset Score on the back of a few weeks of feeling quite low mentally. 2020 has been a tough year for many of us and realising that I use a range of questionnaires within my work had an idea that these could be used to help people understand their own mindset and encourage them to seek the right help.
People that are struggling mentally, often don’t know why and don’t have a way of assessing whether they are in a good or critical state of mind. The Mindset Score is an electronic questionnaire that looks at levels of mood, anxiety, phobias, work and social life. This is then sent to a person showing them where they are, based on how they answered, against a set of scores.
Life can bring so many challenges and problems our way, that it can affect us mentally. This can leave us wondering whether we should get help or start to take steps to look after our wellbeing.
We often hear people say "How do I know if I am in a good frame of mind?" or "I am not sure what I am feeling" leaving many confused and looking for answers.
The Mindset Score allows a person to receive a score and to benchmark it on the scorecard against 1 – 10.
From the people that have completed the Mindset Score so far I can tell you that the average overall mindset score is 6 out of 10 and over 55% of people that have completed the questionnaire are far below this average.
We often hear of people practicing ‘presenteeism’ and turning up to work when actually they are experiencing an extremely difficult time. The Mindset Score helps a person to look at this objectively knowing it has been provided by a professional that is wanting to educate and guide them to take the right action for them.
Knowing your score can help you to –
Focus on best practice to set next practice – you may score lower or higher than you perceive it to be.
Strive for continuous improvement – Imagine you wanted to be the fastest person in the world (cue Usain Bolt) you would need to know how fast they were as well as how fast you were, in order to know what the time gap was to set incremental goals to close the gap.
Share how you are feeling with others and make it quantifiable.
You can make a plan based on your needs. Some people will require help for low mood, others with require support for anxiety and a few of us will need help for both. Without knowing, which is more specific to you, you may lose time by taking yourself down a path which has little to no effect. It helps to be specific.
The questionnaire takes only 10 minutes to complete and then you are sent your score along with some advice and guidance on how to improve your mindset score. I do encourage anyone to complete it a second time to find out how things have progressed or changed. Life throws many challenges at us and it can lead to changes to our mental health at any time. The mindset score is a guide to help you take the right approach.
Anything that is below a 4 is quite critical and requires urgent action. This could be speaking to a professional or getting a counsellor. When working with my clients they see changes within 4 – 6 sessions and I help them to create a happier healthier future.
As with our physical wellbeing our mental wellbeing can be influenced by when we do daily or weekly. My favourite quote is ‘Everything happens gradually and suddenly’. Gradually we overload ourselves and suppress emotions, then suddenly we end up at a crisis point. Although it works in reverse too. Gradually over time, we take steps to improve our mental wellbeing and suddenly we are in a much happier state of mind.
And when that happens it will lead to better relationships, more career prospects, better sleep and a longer happier life. That’s definitely worth the effort.
Take the test for FREE today and receive your Mindset Score – Click here – Mindset Score