Focusing on Just One Goal Could Be Ruining Your Mental Health

It is always seen as a pretty admirable thing whenever we come across someone who has one very specific goal that they are working towards. After all, surely anyone who has the ability to commit themselves to one particular task should be noted and admired for their ability to be so focused and dedicated to the task at hand. While yes, this type of determination is certainly admirable and even important when it comes to getting certain tasks accomplished, the truth is that it may not be exactly entirely good for a person’s mental health and well being.

I recently came across an article post by Quick And Dirty Tips that made some truly excellent points on the damage that can be done to a person’s mental health when they metaphorically place all of their eggs in one basket. Keep on reading to learn more about how and why you should be spreading your focus and your talents in a few key areas of your life, as opposed to clinging to just one specific goal, for the sake of your improved mental health and wellness.

The most important factor to take into consideration when it comes to these types of scenarios is the outcome. If you have ever placed one hundred and ten percent of your focus on a particular task or relationship, think about how the eventual outcome made you feel. Sure, there may have been times when there was true success that resulted from your hard work and your diligent efforts, which was more than likely very rewarding. However, whenever the outcome is less than what you wanted or expected, the process and eventual let down can be incredibly draining and exhausting, and can really do some damage to your mental health.

I think it is important to clarify right here that this is not meant to be discouraging; the important thing to remember is to not hinge all your hopes on one particular outcome, for the sake of your mental health.

Scientific research has successfully concluded that people who focus on a few different and equally important pursuits in life (such as a woman who works and also raises a family) tend to experience less instances of depression, anxiety, or any other mood disorder. The key is to finding a balance where you are not spreading yourself too thin, but you are also not placing all of your time and energy in one specific place.

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