Mental resilience is important in all the lives of people worldwide. However, the majority of people mistakenly judge external things to be ‘good’ and therefore experience feelings of desire for things beyond their control, leading to frustration and suffering. Our resilience is often tested when life circumstances change unexpectedly and for the worse case scenarios like the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship, et cetera. Such challenges, however, present the opportunity to rise above and come back even stronger than you were before. Below, we are explaining some of the strategies that will help you build a good mental resilience.
Positivity not only reflects in your mind but your body as well. Positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. Psychologists have noted that people who meditate daily on positive thoughts start to feel more upbeat emotions each day. Also they have noted that positive thinking helps people manage illness and depression, regardless of whether they are naturally optimistic or pessimistic.
Visualization promotes self-improvement, and positive self image. First, visualization provides plenty of strength and courage to tackle daunting tasks. Nervous about an upcoming performance? Unsure of how to win that competition? Using visualization triggers hormones and synapses that make it easier to achieve those goals. It combats negatively because, during a visualization session, you get to live out your dreams and battle that negative voice inside your own head.
Plan for Setbacks
Life sometimes does not always go the way we hoped or planned that it would. Recognizing this fact is important and helps you to re-approach yourself and regain focus after a setback, as opposed to dwelling on the misfortune. We cannot control the external events that happen around us, but we can control what we do afterward. It is a good idea to have a plan in place that will help you to deal with issues when things do not go according to plan.
Practice Tolerating Discomfort
Mental resilience does not mean you do not experience emotions. In fact, mental strength requires you to become acutely aware of your emotions so you can make the best choice about how to respond. Mental resilience is about accepting your feelings without being controlled by them and it involves understanding when it makes sense to behave contrary to your emotions. For example, if you experience anxiety that prevents you from accepting new opportunities, try stepping out of your comfort zone if you want to continue to challenge yourself. Tolerating uncomfortable emotions takes practice, but it becomes easier as your confidence grows. Practice behaving like the person you would like to become. Instead of saying, “I wish I could be more outgoing,” choose to behave in a more outgoing manner, whether you feel like it or not. Some discomfort is often necessary for greater gain.
Always Honor Yourself and how You Truly Feel
Stop being so hard on yourself. Self-judgment suppresses your true feelings, which has so many negative consequences on you and those around you. Understand that all human emotions have value. Even the ones we consider bad, can benefit us if we allow ourselves to feel them authentically. Be true about what you want and get in touch with your true feelings. Be honest with yourself, be kind to yourself, and remember that you are enough.
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