How to Train Your Mind and Build Mental Strength
Building mental muscle is the key to feeling your best and reaching your greatest potential. Just like it takes time and practice to become physically strong, building mental strength takes dedication as well. Here are five things you can start doing now to make yourself mentally stronger:
Don’t Let Your Emotions Control You
Putting a name to your feelings will decrease their intensity. Whether you’re feeling sad, anxious, angry, or scared, you should acknowledge it. Pay attention to the way those emotions can affect your choices. When you’re feeling anxious you may be less inclined to take risks. When you’re excited you may be more impulsive.
Do you eat when you’re nervous? Do you drink to calm down? Do you stay home when you’re anxious? These may make you feel better in the moment but you will almost always feel worse in the long term. Experiment with holistic stress management skills to find out what works for you. For example, deep breathing, exercising, meditating, reading, journaling, and spending time in nature are just a few of the strategies that could help.
Challenge Yourself Often
The best way to train your brain to think differently is by changing your behavior. Start doing challenging tasks and learning new difficult skills. You’ll prove to yourself that you’re stronger than you think.
Establish healthy daily habits as well. Practice gratitude, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and eat a healthy diet so your brain and your body can be at their best.
Seek out people who inspire you and motivate you. Find a mentor and invest in nurturing quality relationships.
Have you ever had one of those days where you felt incredible, accomplished a lot, and even finished at a reasonable hour in the evening? Why doesn’t that happen every day? What gets in the way? If we can enjoyably get more done, we carry that positive energy into all areas of our life. ! People who “command” their days also design their life. People who let time and opportunity slip by, watch others experience more of what life has to offer.
There will be days when you will feel unmotivated and might not do anything that day that will help you get closer to your goal, but don’t let that discourage you! See every day as a fresh new start. Just because yesterday you weren’t able to stay focused or be productive, it doesn’t mean that today can’t be different. Every day is a new opportunity to keep pursuing your goals, so never give up!
Bury Bad Habits for Good!
Pay attention to your bad habits that rob you of mental strength. Whether you feel sorry for yourself or you resent other people’s success, it only takes one or two to keep you stuck.
Once you become aware of your bad habits, you can start to devote energy into replacing them with healthier alternatives.
Just like it takes time and practice to become physically strong, building mental strength takes dedication and some time as well. But building mental muscle is the key to feeling your best and reaching your greatest potential.
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