Boosting our Mental Fitness
Our mind is a muscle, just like any other muscle in our bodies and improving mental strength takes time and practice. And mental fitness means keeping our brain in tip-top shape all year round.
Here are some tips to help you to start your training today:
- Calm your mind – meditation is an excellent way in which to bring calmness and stillness into your life. Meditation helps you to focus and cut out some of the clatter from your mind.
- Rest your mind – taking regular time off to chill out in whichever way works for you. Reading, listening to music, taking a nap, whatever relaxes you.
- Focus on your sleep – set up a sleep routine that works for you. Turn off all screens at least one hour before bed, dim the lights, shower/bath and moisturise, light a candle, write in your gratitude journal, drift into sleep.
- Concentrate on your breathing – set aside time for breathing exercises. Take a long slow breath in through your nose, letting the breath expand into your body. Pause then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat 3 times.
- Learn something new – spark up your brain by doing something different. Go to new places, read different types of books, or listen to different styles of music. Be open-minded to new ideas that come your way.
Being curious and open-minded about the world around you, how it all works and comes together, and more importantly, how you can understand it will help to keep your brain on track. It will help to keep your mind working quickly and efficiently.
Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness!
Mental fitness means keeping your brain fully engaged. Make it a part of your exercise ritual as well as any physical programme you may have. And achieving mental fitness doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time, just a few minutes every day can help you feel much better and focus more clearly. And don’t forget that rest and relaxation are just as important as the more energetic activities, such as doing the crossword, sudoku, or memory exercises. Also allowing our mind time to pause, in quiet reflection – whether in meditation or just observing nature, for example, is highly beneficial. Allow your swan-like mind to help you maintain wonder and appreciation for all aspects of life.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Read more of my Monday Motivation blogs HERE. Wishing you all a very bright New Year in 2022. 💗