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Mental Fitness Matters

When talking about mental fitness matters, both your health and wellness matters—both mind and body! It doesn’t matter if you have a diagnosed mental health disorder or if you just face regular ups and downs in your mental health. You need to be intentional about caring for your brain, no matter where you’re at in life.

Life happens to all of us. Your mental fitness is going to be a big factor in your resiliency and ability to bounce back from whatever obstacles come your way. Maybe a big business deal you were counting on fell through. Maybe the dreams you’ve been dreaming just aren’t happening—or at least not as fast or in the way you would like them to happen. Perhaps you’re dealing with cyberbullies on social media. Or, you trained for a goal for years but ultimately fell short of achieving it. Maybe you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with a life-changing illness, or you lost someone you care about deeply. All these things—and more—can harm your mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing. 

What is Mental Fitness?

Are you mentally fit to handle these challenges? You can’t expect that you will automatically be in the right headspace to deal with these circumstances if you aren’t intentionally training yourself. Keep pushing yourself!

You can never know how you will handle the pressure of a difficult situation until you are faced with it. Training and preparation are key components to being successful in the midst of obstacles. 

Why Mental Fitness Matters?

How are you training your mental fitness? Our society emphasizes physical fitness. There’s an entire industry built on making us faster, stronger, and more physically fit. Have you ever thought about how your brain is just another muscle in your body? You need to treat it just like any other muscle in your body. If you aren’t using that muscle and strengthening it, it will eventually atrophy. It will weaken and decline in ability. 

You need to be pushing your brain to change. Training your brain should help you:

•    Think more clearly

•    Recover more quickly from disappointments

•    Not overthink

•    Remember details more easily

•    Regulate emotions better

•    Not be as impulsive

•    Slow down and sleep at peace

•    Be more resilient

•    Be more compassionate

•    Be more flexible 

•    Keep your brain sharp

How Can You Become Mentally Fit?

You can actually train your brain to be more efficient in all of these areas! So how do you go about prepping your brain for the battle of life? Treat your mental fitness like your physical fitness. Put it on your calendar and make it a priority. Come to one of our facilities and exercise your brain! Use some of our science-based services like neuro-feedback, Mental Edge yoga, and Mental Edge meditation.

Even if you don’t have one of our locations near you, you can engage your brain in some of these activities from your home. Read a book on a new subject. Go outside for some fresh air. You could even try using your opposite hand to do perform everyday tasks. 

Share how you’re going to optimize your mental fitness in the comment section below. Let’s help each other by sharing our solutions! 

About Tracy Alston

Tracy Alston, a Mental Fitness Consultant is a licensed professional counselor and board-certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. Tracy is the Founder and CEO of two companies located in Mooresville, N.C., New Mentality, P.C., and Mental Edge Fitness Solutions, Inc. Tracy’s passion is creating strategies and solutions for improving mental health and mental fitness.

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