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How to be mentally strong

The first thing people start to think of when they want to change their life is changing their style of dressing, their appearance, their physical shape, they go to the gym, start a new diet, eat healthy food, and get 8 hours of sleep but they forget the most important thing, which is their mental health.

What is mental health anyway and how could that help anyone change his life and become a better person or even start to have a happy life.

What we have to know is that mental health is as important and crucial as physical health and if you want to have strong mental health you have to learn more about resilience. A lot of people, unfortunately, don't give much interest to resilience however it's a big step to have tough and strong mental health.

Simply put, resilience is to be capable of adapting to any kind of situation or problem you're facing, whether it's a family problem, difficulties at work, or in your relationships with friends or partners. The person has to be flexible and get through problems, adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, and significant sources of stress, with less emotional damage, if you don't have strong mental health you will be emotionally harmed and damaged and the bad thing is; it's hard to recover when it comes to emotions.

The good thing about having strong mental health other than how important it is, even if you have a certain mental illness like stress disorder or anxiety disorder you can overcome it and that's when the role of resilience comes.

Most psychologists relate mental health with resilience, it completes one another. It's something that anyone can learn and develop it can be cultivated through willpower, discipline, and hard work; and there are many strategies by which to do so. The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for cultivating resilience.

Until now I guess everything looks understandable, to have strong mental health you have to be self-aware of your thought first, have the ability to commit to them for example if you want to quit smoking and you are aware of that idea you have to be committed to that idea and not get distracted. The key to strong mental health is the power of will, commitment, and discipline to the idea first and then the act. It's what we call a mindset. The more you train your brain to be disciplined and committed to small tasks every day the more you become mentally strong when it comes to commitment, you don't have to overwhelm yourself by tackling too many things at once; start with one change you want to make. You can start new goals at any time of the year.

If you are willing to strengthen your mental health you can find a lot of strategies, it's something that is developed over time by individuals who choose to make personal development a priority and one of the most common ways is the 4C's by Turner (2017); Control, Commitment, Challenge, and Confidence.

  • Control means to feel comfortable in your skin and have a good sense of who you are.

  • Commitment is to be able to effectively set goals and consistently achieve them, without getting distracted. A high Commitment level indicates that you're good at establishing routines and habits that cultivate success.

  • Challenge, to be driven to achieve your personal best, and you see challenges, change, and adversity as opportunities rather than threats; you are likely to be flexible and agile.

  • Confidence is to believe that you will successfully complete tasks and to take setbacks in stride while maintaining routine and even strengthening your resolve.

There is another way to be mentally strong and it kind of starts with a peaceful way and positive approaches like practicing gratitude, meditation, and other spiritual practices. This kind of program includes relaxation techniques such as visualization, calm breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga, to enhance self-regulation and the willingness to forgive.

What we have to realize is that being mentally strong starts within us, we are the only ones responsible for our mental health, physical health, success, decisions, life, and happiness. So if you have problems at home, work, or have a lack of confidence and want to change that it all starts with the mindset it's that simple.

If you don't know how to face your problems, are scared of the change, have a lack of confidence, afraid to fail, you don't know what to do and how and you're just mentally weak, but you want to improve yourself then you have to know it's all on your hands, you set a goal, and you applied a strategy the way it will work for you, and like I said it all started with the mindset.

  • Mindset

It's about setting your mind to the idea first, that you want to be better and improve your life, yourself, your health, to be mentally strong. You have to learn self-discipline and sell control set a goal in front of you, be focused and determined to get it, and comment on it by making it a habit.

  • Gratitude

You have to be grateful for who you're what you're and what you have and be honest with yourself by accepting and being proud of your qualities and correcting your default.

  • Have faith in you

If you don't have faith in yourself and believe in your potential you will always have the doubt you can fail, and even if you fail so what! you have to see failure as a challenge and an opportunity to grow and move forward.

It's easy to master these steps if you make them a habit you will be able to be strong mentally and also flexible to face any problem in your life.

“Today, you have the opportunity to transcend from a disempowered mindset of existence to an empowered reality of purpose-driven living. Today is a new day that has been handed to you for shaping. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece.”
Steve Maraboli, The Power of One

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