10 Ways to Boost your Mental Fitness
Your mind may be a muscle — let’s flex it.
We did not get strong arms by doing bicep curls once. Our mental strength is the same. Improve our mental fitness requires much time, practice, and consistency.
Neuroscience is discovering new and effective ways to develop our brain for enhance mental strength and performance. What we are learning about brain plasticity means , at any time of age, through training, we will change our brains to become even more mentally strong, healthy, and fit.
” REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERY THOUGHT IS TRUE OR HELPFUL”
“We don’t have to accept every thought we have. Just because we think it doesn’t mean it’s true. Our beliefs, past experiences, and feelings that we bring to any situation are like an invisible filter that influences the way we interpret and experience the world.”
“MEDITATE TRAIN YOUR MIND TO CONCENTRATE”
“Meditation is the way into a personal mental muscle-building playground. It strengthens our ability to watch (hopefully with a sense of humor) all of the wacky, unhelpful, and troubling things that our minds do and is the first step in interrupting and shifting the mental habits that cause us trouble.”
“NOTICE WHEN YOU’RE RUMINATING AND CHOOSE PRESENCE”
“Rather than staying with your ruminations, invite yourself back to the present moment. The easiest way to do this is through the senses. What can you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Bring your attention to what’s here and now.”
“REST YOUR MIND. RELAX TO MUSIC OR A SLEEP STORY”
“No different than taking a break in between sprints or a set of deadlifts, your brain needs time to reset and recharge. adequate rest increases our focus, creativity, and energy so that we can be more productive and efficient. While resting might look like cozying up to read a book, it could also be crafting, climbing or a board game, basically, anything that gives us a reprieve from our everyday stressors.”
“TUNE OUT THE NOISE”
“We are in the digital age of distraction. There is no shortage of notifications, messages, social media, and streaming platforms vying for our attention. Left unchecked it can be easy to be pulled away from what’s important.”
“The time we spend awake is precious, but so is the time we spend asleep. In addition to the relaxation benefits, our bodies and brains have the opportunity to repair and recover while we sleep.”
“CREATE ROUTINE AND RITUAL”
“The brain is brilliant at forming connections and we can use this to the benefit of our mental health and fitness when introducing new practices.”
“Trying to control our lives and the people in them is a one-way ticket to anxiety and exhaustion.Accept what you can’t control. Let your best efforts be enough for now. And, be kind to the part of you who struggles to let go.”
“LISTEN TO THE WISE VOICE WITHIN”
“The wisdom within, our instincts or intuition, has different ways of revealing itself. Sometimes it’s a quiet voice asking to be heard, a feeling in the gut, or a deep knowing.”
“TAKE A DEEP BREATH”
“The breath is a powerful support that you can access anywhere — a first date, a test, a big presentation, a tough conversation, or a traffic jam. Slowing down and deepening the breath has been shown to help calm the mind.”