Successful people have one thing in common: inner strength. Mental strength and resilience are essential to our well-being and success.
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A healthy mind lives in a healthy body. This saying is so internalized by many that it is not surprising that most people's New Year's resolutions are based on physical fitness. A Nielson's study The typical New Year's resolutions show that 37% of people stay fit and healthy and want to lose 32% weight.
But not even 10% of people manage to implement these intentions permanently. Because they often lack mental strength. It's the key to much more, says Amy Morin, American psychotherapist and mental strength expert. It is crucial for strength of character, courage, self-discipline, gratuity and endurance. The book author of "13 Things Mentally NOT Doing Man" has developed simple strategies that empower everyone to strengthen their mental muscles Negative patterns of behavior and thinking, such as sinking into self-pity, expect immediate success or fear being alone.
8 strategies for mental strength
Consciously reflect 5 minutes every day
Only a few minutes of deliberate rest, can replenish the power reserves.Time to reflect on the personal development: What has been achieved and what you want to do better. It helps to gain clarity, to motivate and to set new goals. Elements of mediation can help here.
To face new challenges
New challenges grow and they offer the chance to develop a new self-image. Do something new once a month, be it a sailing license course or joining a charitable organization. The important thing is to step out of the routine and its usual comfort zone. Looking forward to change and defeating fears makes you happy and successful.
Two minutes of gratitude
Not only remembering each day what you are grateful for, but writing yourself down to change the world view. Regularly write down three things for which one is grateful. This affirmative sensation has many beneficial effects, ranging from better sleep to reduced mental stress.
Self-love for the body and mind
Taking care of yourself is not a B-priority. Sleep, sport, healthy food and peace of mind are the fuel with which our engines run. The goal is physical health and lasting well-being. Short-term overloading workout programs for the bikini figure should therefore be avoided.
Defeat the inner critic
No one likes to be criticized. That's why you should not do this yourself. Instead, it is important to be proud of small achievements and to treat each other with love. "Well done." You can say that regularly without a guilty conscience. Feelings can be shown and named. Even if it is often difficult for the public, you should at least be open and honest with yourself.
Concrete plans for dreams
At some point is not in the calendar. Therefore, it means for big dreams: plan and implement. Who notes his dreams as a destination in the calendar, makes them concrete and achievable. If the goal is not yet tangible, then you can at least start with the research or an introductory book.
Time for friends and family
Sharing emotions, sharing experiences, laughing together - sharing life with friends and family is essential to our happiness. A study by Oxford University revealedthat people with a large circle of friends can endure more pain. People who spend a lot of time with their loved ones emit more endorphins, which have an analgesic effect and thereby promote mental and physical health.
Set and uphold personal values
A fulfilled life is determined by good values. Lifestyle and personal values should be in harmony. If this is not the case, a change in lifestyle is probably necessary. This does not happen overnight, but a little bit every day. For example, it can be started by giving up a bad habit. Living by one's own values is central to providing security and taking full advantage of one's own potential.