Just as we exercise our physical body, it is essential to make efforts to improve our mental and emotional health too. This strengthens our resiliency to bounce back when we are confronted by hefty problems and issues. Rightly said, “laughter is the best medicine” - because if you can laugh at yourself, you can find humor even when some things go awry. Staying mentally strong is not difficult, all that matters is the choice you make. You need to have a positive attitude towards people and life. Remember, you need more energy to worry and fret, than what is required to remain optimistic and hopeful. Read on further to know how you can become a mentally stronger person and stay mentally fit.
Ways To Stay Mentally Sharp & Strong
Exercise Your Mind
Sharpen up your brain by doing simple tricks, such as using your less dominant hand, solving puzzles and riddles, writing a short story, or even reading a book on a new subject.
Firstly, detect the source of your stress, and then discover healthy coping mechanisms to overcome the same. Eliminate unnecessary stressors and accept situations that you have no control over. Develop and implement relaxation techniques that will work for you.
Think wisely and speak more positively about yourself. View all challenging situations coming your way as opportunities, be proactive and decisive about your life and engage in active listening. Choose to talk about your progress and not your troubles and set boundaries for yourself wherever necessary.
Improve Coping Skills
Have a positive attitude, believe in yourself and create your life well. Just because you do not want to deal with something, do not avoid it, instead face it and feel the importance of what you are doing. Frequently compare yourself with your own progress in the past and not with someone else’s.
Make it a habit to bounce back from negative situations and throw out thoughts that no longer serve your purpose or are of no use to you. Maintain a sense of humor and work on your productivity.
Build Strong Support System
Engage with or choose people who have a positive attitude and keep away from the ones who drain your energy. Develop a network of people that help you remain motivated and aligned with passion and purpose.
Tap Into Your Creative Genius
Start thinking out of the box and view situations from different perspectives. Honor your natural talents, passion and abilities by indulging into writing, dancing, drawing, knitting or woodworking.
Appeal To All Your Senses
When dealing with new material in your life, use your abilities, of taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing, before narrowing down to a decision. Use your imagination and instincts to examine problems and solutions. Analyze and work on a challenge by drawing pictures, writing, researching, and so on.
Enjoy Leisure Activities
Engage yourself in fun activities that bring you joy, by scheduling out time from your routine. You can try downtime activities that are inexpensive, such as bike-riding, going to the library, and renting funny movies.
Spend Some Time Alone
Spend some positive time in solitude, not loneliness. Analyze yourself, do a life review and determine what’s out of balance and what can be done to correct it. Try strengthening the relationship you have with yourself.