Can anyone learn mental resilience or toughness? (Part 1)

1. Endurance and perseverance. I bet you think you don’t have that much…

Childbirth, writing a dissertation, moving house, passing your driving test, getting tattoos, completing an exam, getting into shape, attending an interview… Have you experienced one or more of these? Then you have the vital ingredients for mental toughness; You can endure high levels of discomfort. In the face of a difficult challenge and in spite of pain, anxiety, fear and doubt you persevered.

Being mentally strong doesn’t mean you don’t experience pain or emotions. Instead, it’s about not letting them control you. That’s not to say you should bury and ignore them because they are important. True resilience is when you can become aware of your emotions, analyse them and make an informed choice on how to act.

It takes a little practice applying your superhuman power to everyday life, but the more you can push your endurance the more opportunities you will seek, the more challenges you will conquer and you will achieve your potential! 

2. Personal time management

This one seems obvious but few of us really think about it. We’re all too busy, life is so hectic and there seems never to be enough time! But taking a moment out to stop and plan can reap huge rewards for your personal and professional life in the long run and it’s a crucial tool for maintaining mental resilience.

There are many ways you can do this. You might keep a physical diary or purchase a wall planner or calendar. You might use your computer or phone calendar, create a timetable or simply make a list of low, medium and high priorities. Whatever your chosen method, benefits include: 

  • Gaining a healthy work/ life balance
  • Gain a sense of focus, organisation and flexible structure 
  • Be able to set realistic goals and strategies to achieve them
  • Gain a sense of your capabilities and become more self-aware
  • Avoid mistakes and affecting others negatively
  • Ultimately become more productive and less stressed. 
  • Improved self-esteem

3. Give yourself a break from over-thinking

Watch this short video on keeping priorities straight:

How we can help

By completing a qualification with Empower – Be The Change, you will have the opportunity to learn in more detail about mental resilience, discover how resilient you are and learn how to apply useful techniques to day-to-day life from working successfully in a team to taking a leadership role.

You can see what courses and qualifications we have coming up in our Course Calendar or, if you are interested in any of our courses which are not listed there (because dates are yet to be announced), please contact us with your requirements.

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