There’s no denying that we live in challenging times. The constant connectivity of digital life has eroded the boundaries between work and home life, social and downtime. The global nature of our news magnifies threats and makes it seem as if bad events are happening all the time. Many of us struggle with chronic levels of sleeplessness and anxiety.
Fortunately, there are ways to build mental clarity and strength, including developing our coping skills. Learning to become more emotionally resilient and exercising common self-care practices will help us to meet the many challenges of modern life. Overall, the goal is to become a happier person and change your life for the better. Let’s take a look at few ways to strengthen our minds and mental health.
Get Moving More
Exercise is an important part of general health and wellbeing. This includes physical stamina, cardiovascular health, muscle and bone strength, as well as a long list of other physical benefits.
What some people may not realize is that exercise also enhances mental health and strength. This happens for several reasons. First, it helps us to have a more positive outlook on ourselves and lives.
Additionally, physical activity helps our bodies release endorphins and brain chemicals that are needed in order to feel happy and safe. Exercise can also help us to engage socially, which can elevate our lives.
Whether it’s heading out for a run, doing a home HIIT routine or taking a yoga class, exercise also helps us to overcome stress and frustrations from work, family, and other sources. I recommend getting 30 minutes of physical activity every day if you can or, at least, 3 times a week. Do, however, consult with your physician before engaging in any new workouts or activities.
Find Your Calm
We all need a way to calm down from stress or overwhelm. Though some women can do this simply by thinking calm thoughts, others need distracting activities. The important thing is to have a good coping mechanism in place when you need it.
Engaging in physical tasks such as cleaning the house, mowing the lawn or walking can be quite helpful to bring about feelings of peace and wellbeing. Some women like activities that keep them still like meditation, art, reading, and bathing.
Learn New Things
If we want strong minds and mental clarity, it’s important to use what you have. In other words, don’t sit on your mental laurel! Try researching odd things like the history of psychics, magicians, or religious philosophies…anything that you don’t currently know. I also love to do puzzles, word games, and ponder over riddles. All of these things help us to build mental agility and strength.
Collectively, we’ve been sold the idea that we need to multi-task our way through the day in order to accomplish our to-do list well. However, studies have shown that people who juggle several tasks at once are not as productive and suffer to produce quality. The act of multi-tasking can add to stress and overwhelm, which creates a mental decline over a period of time.
Learning to say no to yourself and others when tasks arise is a good way to avoid multi-tasking. I know it’s not always possible, but it’s worth it to, at least, be aware of your limitations. It may help to plan ahead and schedule tasks that can be mentally draining.
Talk Things Out
Depending on your personality and desire to communicate verbally, you likely find some comfort from talking to others regularly. This becomes even more important if there are problems or challenges in your life. Building mental clarity and strength can come for simply engaging in a friendly conversation with a stranger or your best friend. However, in some cases, finding a therapist or other professional might be necessary.