The value of having strong mental toughness is often overlooked. Being mentally tough can get you through some emotionally tough times. It can be especially helpful when you have a loved one in prison. It teaches you things about getting through grief, heartbreak, distance, and growth. Becoming mentally tough is a training course for your mind. By getting to the right mindset and staying committed, anyone can become mentally tough. So what tips do we have to get you mentally tough too?
TIP #1: Smile
This will sound kind of basic, but sometimes starting with the basics helps. With every morning comes a new day and every new day comes with new opportunities. If you had a bad day yesterday, don’t let it affect today. You’ve got a chance to make it a good day, so start off the day with a smile and start thinking of all the positive things that you could make happen.
TIP #2: Focus on what you can control
Anytime you’re faced with a problem, ask yourself one simple question: “Can I do something about it?” If the answer is yes, then you have nothing to worry about, you’re in control. If the answer is no, then don’t worry about, because it’s out of your control. Stay focused on the things you can control and do.
TIP #3: Find your stress reliever
We all get too stressed out sometimes, it’s perfectly natural to feel this way. Find your way to escape your stress. Maybe it’s a hobby like listening to some upbeat songs. Maybe it’s mediation. Find your “escape” from what it is that’s bothering you. Don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself when the stress gets to be too much.
TIP #4: Be your own motivator
What is it that makes you tick? What drives you to want to be better? Use that to get you started. However, at some point, you need to tell yourself, “I’m doing this for me.” While it’s great to have someone you want to be better for, or you have something that gets you fired up, to become mentally tough, you need to take things into your own hands. Encourage yourself, talk to yourself positively, motivate yourself, and be your own coach.
TIP #5: End the day with positive reminders
Every day, as you lay down to get ready for bed, use the “three and three method.” The three and three method is to say three things you’re thankful for and three things you accomplished today. Doing this creates a routine of positive thinking. Nighttime is when we tend to let our minds wander, but push them towards a positive thought. End your day by being proud of yourself and thankful for the good things you have in your life.
Use these tips to help you develop mental toughness so you can take on anyone or anything that stands between you and your goals. You’ve got this!