Mental strength is important for every aspect of our lives – but what exactly is it?
Mental strength can look like:
Getting up when life knocks you down.
Staying disciplined despite lacking motivation.
Competing against yourself instead of others.
Facing challenges head on.
Being mentally strong means that you can cope with negative emotions in a healthy way.
It means you can think realistically, acknowledge your feelings (positive and negative!) and act accordingly.
Here are three habits that will help build mental strength:
When we visualize a particular outcome, focusing on the specific images, associated feelings, and finer details, we show our brain the desired outcome. The more we visualize a particular situation, the better we can convince our brain to believe in it. Studies have shown that mentally imagining an outcome actually alters brainwave activity and biochemistry.
Let’s say that our goal is building mental strength. We could use visualization as a tool to achieve our goal by visualizing the steps that we need to take. We can write down a list of the habits we could implement, decide when to implement them during our day (visualization while making breakfast, for example), and create an action plan to ensure long-term commitment and results.
#2 Positive self talk
Self talk is that small voice in the background, the one that says, “Hey, it’s going to be okay, we’ve got this.”
Since self talk is our inner dialogue, we can change it. If we regularly talk to ourselves more positively, we convince ourselves that we can achieve our goals, face challenges, and conquer obstacles.
Research has shown that people who talk positively to themselves are able to think more critically and react better to social challenges.
In my opinion, no other habit is effective without mindfulness. To me, mindfulness means being aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. If we are not aware of our thoughts or the way we speak to ourselves, how can we visualize our dreams or practice positive self-talk?
Every morning, I try to tune in to my mind and my body. I ask myself, “How am I today, really?”
Sometimes that’s easy – “Oh, I’m quite hungry, let me go grab something to eat.”
But then life gets in the way and it’s – “Woah, I have so much to do today. I almost forgot! I also need to…”
A good morning routine is so important for me because it helps set me up for the rest of the day. Part of that morning routine is the Rewire Readiness Assessment which considers emotional, cognitive, and physical elements as well as physiological data. All it takes is a few minutes and I am given a helpful readiness score that allows me to tune in to my mental and physical state. This way I am able to be more mindful and build mental strength.
Bonus #4 The Rewire App
Now, I don’t know about you, but trying to add all of these habits into what already feels like an over packed suitcase on a family vacation is just not feasible. That’s where Rewire comes in –
Rewire is an app designed for athletes (managing life and training is tough) and focuses on the training and recovery of both the body and the mind. All those habits I mentioned? Rewire takes them all into consideration and creates personalized Mindset Recovery sessions based on your data to help you make the most of your day and build mental resilience holistically.
Not yet convinced? Give Rewire a try and let the results speak for themselves.
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
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