A healthy mind is the key to success. With strong mental health, you can handle anything life throws your way. Today’s post will teach you exactly that—how to overcome the roadblocks crowding your critical thinking space. We’ve gathered the top seven tips to help you build stronger mental fortitude. Let’s start with the first thing in the morning.
Not only does waking up early give you a fresh start, but it also adds more hours to your day—which nearly any stressed-out person complains there are never enough of. Use the time to center your mind or get a head start on the daily to-do list. Even seeing the early sun rise over the horizon can give you a noteworthy boost in cognition!
Breakfast gives you energy you need to take on the day ahead, but not just physically—mentally, as well. Your body needs calories to function and your brain needs nutrients to thrive. You might be rushed to get the kids out the door and make it on time to your 9 AM meeting, but never skip on the most important meal of the day.
If you want to be the smartest person in the room, you should read more often. Reading offers tremendous benefits in terms of intelligence and mental health, because it encourages you to tap out of the digital, hyperconnected world and tune into your thoughts. Sitting quietly, focused on a book for just 30 minutes a day is therapeutic—and it just might teach you a thing or two!
Don’t let emotional distress consume your every waking thought; you need to compartmentalize what you can control from what’s out of your hands. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Silencing the chatter in your skull is not an easy thing to do, but with dedicated practice, you’ll learn to recognize anxious thoughts as nothing more than a cloud floating by in the sky.
So, how do you turn down the volume on stress? Try these techniques:
The important thing is surrendering to the moment, knowing that whatever is waiting for you in the outside world will always be there, in whatever shape or form.
Taking breaks is great for your mind. In between your jam-packed schedule, try to find a few moments for “you time”. Whatever it is that is so pressingly urgent can surely wait five to 10 minutes! Whether it’s a quick power nap in the solace of your bedroom, closing your eyes in the car, or seeking refuge in the bathroom at work, you’ll be surprised by how fresh your mind feels when it returns to the task at hand.
Exercise is a great medicine for stress relief, so no more excuses about “not enough time” (remember tip #1?). As miserable as it may be in the moment, after 30 minutes, you’ll feel empowered and accomplished with endorphins—AKA, the brain’s “happy” chemical—coursing through your veins. Sticking to an exercise routine will give you a new source of motivation and if you lose a few pounds along the way, hey, you know what they say: look good feel good.
Sleep is essential to feeling and thinking at your best—no ifs, ands, or buts about it. We need a full night’s rest to function at full capacity come morning, so don’t let anything stand in the way of a solid eight hours of slumber. Stressful job keeping you up at night? Fighting with a loved one? Struggling with addiction? There are resources that can help you fall asleep faster. We love CBDfx gummies, but you can also wind down with a cup of chamomile tea or a guided sleep meditation.
Take these seven tips and apply them to your daily life. See what feels right. Not every point will stick—at least, maybe not at first—but the more time you spend with your mind, you’ll begin to notice these activities come naturally rather than feeling like forced chores.