We aren’t brought out in the world physically strong. We were little and fragile, nowhere near strong. But as we grow and as our bones become solid, we develop physical strength. The same goes for our mental strength. We aren’t born with an incredibly strong mental health. We improve this by choice, by making it a priority—we make personal adjustments and development to strengthen our mental health.
Powerful people with remarkable mental strength aren’t joyful because they say so, they’re happy because they act to turn it into a reality. If you want to be genuinely happy, make your mental strength a priority. Here are 7 habits that mentally strong people practice.
1. Be Optimistic
Optimism is a characteristic always displayed by successful people. How so? Because they never gave in to their failures and always pushed through despite the obstacles. They remain optimistic throughout the ups and downs of their journey. Additionally, these successful and mentally strong people are supported by their friends, relatives, and colleagues—a group of positive people. They don’t let pessimism get in the way of reaching their goals. Be the person that looks at a glass half full.
2. Find Balance With Negative Thoughts
Acknowledging negative thoughts also comes in handy at times. It enables you to see what could go wrong and how to plan and deal with it in advance. To be clear, negative thinking is welcome but being a pessimist isn’t.
3. Use Your Mental Energy Wisely
Distraction is one of the common causes of unproductivity and decreased mental energy. It’s always lurking and hiding in various forms, the most common being your smartphone and the social media apps you can access with just a few swipes and taps. Admit it, there are times where you just pause your work only to find yourself scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook feed.
Mentally strong people use their time wisely and their energy carefully. They are focused on achieving their daily (and ultimate) goals. They’re also mindful of their time so they devote to things that matter.
4. Practice Gratitude
If you’re not contented with what you have now and you’re always seeking for more, that attitude can have a negative effect on your mental well-being.
Those people who are mentally healthy acknowledge what they have and express gratitude for it whether it be big or small. They take pride in what they have and accomplished, and they’re thankful for everything they’re blessed with.
5. One Step at a Time
Difficult times can be overwhelming. It also challenges your mental strength. When you’re faced with certain challenges no matter big or small, it’s important to keep your cool and deal with it one step at a time.
Let’s say the challenge is to lose weight. First, the challenge is ambiguous. Set a concrete goal. For instance, lose 10 pounds in a month. Break it down into smaller, doable goals (i.e. lose 3 pounds in a week) that when combined, leads to achieving your ultimate goal. This method will make the challenge easier and more achievable.
6. Be Responsible and Accept what You can’t Control
You may succeed on certain projects but when the tables turn and you’re faced with problems you have no control over, take responsibility for any mistakes and blunders. That’s just how life is supposed to be—you can’t control everything and you have to accept that. What you ought to do is turn that experience into your advantage. Learn from it.
7. Reach out to Others
Mentally strong people don’t achieve that healthy state on their own. They seek help and consultation from family, friends, mentors, and colleagues. They ask for help from mental health experts if need be.