Building on Strengths, Doubling Down on Weakness

Everyone has something that they are good at, everyone. My girlfriend is really good at make-up, I on the other hand, am not. Knowledgeable of Marketing via Social Media (to an extent), while others might not be. These are strengths. Things that you are good at, or skills that you’ve aquired that you excel in. They are the things that we concentrate hard on and sometimes lose track of time with. Strengths energize us and leave us filled with positive feelings even though they could leave us physically exhausted. These could be skills that you and others may call on because they are useful and are in demand. Building on your strengths and sharing them will make you, while leaving those strengths underdeveloped and keeping them to yourself will ultimately help you to lose.

No one wants to lose.

However that’s not what this article is about. While building on your strengths is a winning formula it can also be great for overall mental health. People with mental illness often find that they are different from most people. But those differences shouldn’t define them. Whether you anxeity that keeps you from talking to people or taking certain risks or depression that keeps you inside instead of being outside, mental illnesses shouldn’t run you.

I’m a firm believer that everyone, every single individual, has a unique strength(s) and/ or ability that they can rely on to problem solve and building on these strengths can be semi helpful to mental health recovery. Not only will strengths lead you to moments where you will flourish and network connection but it will make help find was to circumnavigate around the mental roadblocks that exist in your life.

As for the weaknesses when I mentioned doubling down in the title I meant that you should totally make an effort to minimize the negative impact they have on your productive or day-to-day life. I’m a firm believer that honing in on a persons strengths will mitigate the negative impact of the weaknesses and will go towards recovery in mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.

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