Psychology frequently discusses mental health, but what’s not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength. Mental strength is a result of constantly pushing yourself to grow stronger, maintaining realistic optimism, and setting healthy boundaries.
Regulate your thoughts
The fact that anyone can think, reflect from the past, imagine the future—even to be conscious of our own consciousness—is what differentiates us humans from all other animals. You reflect and often regret the past, imagine and—most of the time—fear the future. Remember, we can interrupt any of our thoughts; we are powerful, our mind is our best asset and we can learn how to control it. These strategies work when and only when you apply them.
Regulate your feelings
Feelings are a vital part of our everyday lives. Your ability to regulate these emotions, in turn, affects how you are perceived by the people surrounding you. You can avoid certain situations that trigger unwanted emotions. Shift your attentional focus. If you feel inferior to the people around you, do try your best to stray from those thoughts. Focus on what you’re doing and in the process, you’ll eventually gain some of the strength you desire. If all else fails and you have come to the point wherein you can’t avoid, modify or shift your focus, that’s when emotion comes pouring out. All you need to do is take control of your response. Close your eyes and take a deep breath to calm yourself.
Regulate your behavior
Behavioral self-regulation contributes to young children to grow in independence. Sensitive and comforting care from warm, supportive and trusted adults help children develop self-regulation. Children learn to regulate their behavior by observing the adults in their life, like their parents. Parents are, therefore, important role models for children.
If you have made a consistent effort in improving your mental strength yet feel like it’s not doing you any good, it’s time to seek professional help. Knowledgeable and caring professionals can help and motivate you to do things for yourself that you cannot do by yourself.