WEB DESK: Mentally strong people have strong personalities which are hard to penetrate. At time people take them as distant people who are hard to approach but it is the other way round.
Psychotherapist Amy Morins writes in her book ‘13 things mentally strong people don’t do’ that genetics, personality and life experiences plays an important role in developing your mental health.
1. They monitor their emotions
People often assume mentally strong people suppress their emotions, Morin says, but they are actually “acutely aware” of them.
“They monitor their emotions throughout the day and recognize how their feelings influence their thoughts and behaviors,” she says. “They know sometimes reaching their greatest potential requires them to behave contrary to how they feel.
2. They practice realistic optimism
Mentally strong people “understand that their thoughts aren’t always true, and they strive to reframe their negativity,” Morin says. “They replace exaggeratedly negative thoughts with a more realistic inner monologue.”
3. They solve problems
To put it simply, “mentally strong people refuse to engage in unproductive activities,” Morin says. Instead of sitting there complaining about your bad day at work and wishing bad things wouldn’t happen, evaluate why something went wrong and fix it
4. They practice self-compassion
Rather than beating themselves up for mistakes, mentally strong people practice self-compassion and speak to themselves as they would speak to a good friend, Morin says. “They forgive themselves for mistakes and cheer themselves on as they work toward their goals.”
5. They set healthy boundaries
“They accept full responsibility for how they think, feel, and behave,” she says, “and they refuse to let other people dictate whether they’re going to have a good day or a bad day.”
6. They manage their time wisely
Rather than waste energy dwelling on the past or resenting other people for taking up their time, strong mind people focus on more productive activities,” she says
7. They strive to fulfill their purpose
Successfully fulfilling your purpose in life takes time. Mentally strong people understand this and focus on the big picture, keeping in mind that today’s choices impact their future.
8. They seek to grow stronger
Mentally strong people view everyday challenges as opportunities to grow stronger,” Morin says. Additionally, they never settle or consider themselves strong enough. There is always room for improvement
9. They monitor their progress
Doing whatever it takes to improve can help you reach your greatest potential. It starts with acknowledging your weaknesses and having a “no excuses” approach, which strong minded people practices.
Source: Business Insider