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Let’s be honest — if you really desire something with all your heart, it can only be achieved if you have a strong mind. That’s why mental health is of utmost importance. If you are mentally strong, you’re going to stay motivated to take care of your physical well-being too. And when these two areas are sorted, then nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams!
Of course, you can’t access your mental strength on a weighing scale, simply because it has no boundaries. Impossible tasks have turned possible only due to strong ideas and cognitive restructuring. Mentally strong people are known to succeed in all areas of their life, despite obstacles. Inner mental strength can carry us forward in life, when all else fails.
But due to unforeseen circumstances, some people aren’t that strong, when it comes to their mental stature. There can be many reasons behind this. According to Dr Sonal Anand, a renowned psychiatrist at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, mental strength can be gained from experiences and observations. Usually, it starts developing in childhood, and is influenced by either parent. Initially, the child just copies the actions, without even realizing how he/she is being influenced.
Usually, strong mental health comes from having someone mentally strong in the family. However, this does not always happen. Sometimes, despite having a mentally strong parent, the child can become the complete opposite. Individual personalities seem to play a role in developing mental strength.
“Sometimes, extreme adversity can make us lose our mental strength. Difficult circumstances, tense emotional relationships, substance abuse, dependent personalities can affect mental strength,” she says.
Now you know how mental strength plays an integral part in your life, and why you shouldn’t make the mistake of ignoring it.
That’s why to make you mentally strong and sharp, Dr Anand has some tricks for you.
Mental strength is related to a healthy mind and body. Physical health plays a major role in developing good mental health. Physical fitness should be emphasized, not just physical appearance.
Mental strength comes from uncomplicating your habits. We must try to keep thoughts free from conflict. Relaxing exercises, yoga and meditation are known to relax the body and increase mental strength. Following a fixed routine, getting up on time and having healthy meals are some good habits, which are often underestimated. They go a long way in developing good mental strength.
“Having someone close to you with good mental strength can help in cultivating good mental health. Keeping a healthy social life, learning how to balance your priorities can make things simpler,” concludes Dr Anand.
Well, yes it is that easy to be mentally strong. So, just apply these tricks and you’ll see a difference!