That's usually the first reaction that I get when I tell that I am a Mental Fitness Coach.
So here is the answer !😊
❇️ Mental fitness is your ability to respond to life's challenges with a positive mindset rather than a negative one.
It involves having the ability to effectively manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, as well as having a sense of purpose and meaning in one's life.
Mental fitness can be thought of as similar to physical fitness, in that it requires ongoing effort and maintenance. Just as you would engage in regular exercise to maintain your physical health, mental fitness requires intentional practices. Mental fitness changes your neural pathways. Within 6 weeks of practice, we observe differences with fMRI in the grey matter density of the brain.
Mental fitness is associated with a number of positive outcomes, including improved self-esteem, reduced stress and anxiety, better relationships, increased productivity, and greater resilience in the face of adversity.
❇️ The second question that I get is usually: " how can I develop my Mental Fitness❓" 🧐
Here are some tips to get started:
1. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment. A focus on the physical sensations is the easiest way to start.
2. Identify how you sabotage yourself and intercept your Saboteurs. They are the thought and emotion patterns that sabotage your performance, well-being and relationships.
3. Find the joy! What could bring you joy, excitement or fun today?
4. Exercise regularly: Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
5. Get enough sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restful sleep by establishing a consistent sleep schedule, limiting screen time before bed, and creating a relaxing sleep environment.
6. Connect with others: Make time to connect with friends and family, join a social club or organization, or volunteer in your community.
7. Learn something new: Engaging in lifelong learning can boost cognitive function and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Take a class, read a book, or pursue a hobby that interests you.
Remember that developing mental fitness is an ongoing process, and it takes about 15 minutes a day to see results. Be patient with yourself and make small changes that you can sustain over time. A 1% change today, repeated tomorrow, and repeated again day after day during one year will drive you to a 3778% change! Truly transformational!
I am curious about which tip would you like to commit to, and act on it, today❓🚀