'Cognition' is a word used to denote a thought or belief, and 'restructuring' involves challenging a cognition by looking at the evidence for or against it. The basic idea behind cognitive restructuring is that thoughts themselves are not facts; you need to consider whether the thoughts you are having are true and to consider whether there are any other ways to thinking about a particular situation. At first this can be a real challenge: we often believe what we think and don't question our own thoughts. However, often our thinking is biased, and with perfectionism it can be biased towards thinking too negatively and harshly about yourself.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of everyone. As well as increased social isolation and feelings of disconnection, the last few years has impacted people's motivation, work and study opportunities, and ability to progress towards life goals.
For many, this has caused major problems with feelings of self-worth and identity. You may have noticed that, despite your best efforts to keep going, you feel highly critical of what you can achieve.
Perfectionism is the term we will use to refer to all these difficulties you may experience with goal attainment; we will refer to this range of feelings and challenges as perfectionism throughout the program.
Hello. Welcome to the Focused Minds program.
There are eight sessions available to you from your home page.
This program is self-guided which means you complete each session in your own time and at your own pace. Sessions take around 20 minutes to complete and will be available for 6 weeks from the time you first enrolled.
The Focused Minds program will cover:
Reasons to change your perfectionism
Unhelpful thought patterns
What maintains perfectionism