Let’s talk about mental fitness. You know, just like physical fitness, mental fitness is all about keeping your mind healthy and strong. And just like working out at the gym, it takes effort and dedication to maintain good mental health.
For some reason, people are more likely to incorporate physical exercise into their daily lives, rather than mental fitness. I think that’s weird. Your mental health is as important to you as your physical health.
It took something horrid to get me to the healing table. But, now that I’ve experienced the benefits of ‘doing the work’ I come to it without having something specific to address. I LIKE being mentally fit and I wish I hadn’t waited for something that I needed to address.
Why is it we don’t want to heal ourselves, just because?
With physical health, lots of people do exercise because of the benefits of exercise and feeling great. Not everyone waits to be faced with the prospect of a heart attack to do it.
Shouldn’t we be taking the same approach with our mental health too?
But what is mental fitness, anyway? Let me share with you how I see it
What is Mental Fitness?
Mental fitness is the the fitness and flexibility of your mind. It’s your ability to respond flexibly and quickly to the world around you.
Mental fitness includes things like
- being productive and taking action
- an ability to be decisive and make decisions
- being able to think clearly
- not self-sabotaging (too much, at least!)
- being able to change tack and pivot with ease
- having decent levels of mental energy
- being able to focus on the tasks you’re faced with
- an ability to get things done with minimum faff
- not getting distracted too easily
As you can see from this list, your mental fitness is very much connected to your emotional wellbeing.
If you are full of fear then you are more likely to struggle with making decisions and taking action. You will procrastinate or get distracted easily, which means your level of productivity will suffer. When you’re stressed, you might freeze in overwhelm and take ages to get things done. Often, when you focus on improving your emotional wellbeing, your mental fitness improves as a side-effect.
That’s what happened to me. I found that by focusing on clearing my fears and anxieties, my productivity shot up.
The importance of mental fitness
So why is mental fitness important? Well, for starters, a healthy mind leads to a happier life. When you take care of your mental health, you’re more likely to experience positive emotions, feel fulfilled, and have better relationships with those around you. Plus, good mental health can help you handle stress and difficult situations with ease.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Lex, I don’t have time for mental fitness!” Trust me, I get it. Life can be busy and stressful, and it’s easy to put our mental health on the back burner. But here’s the thing: mental fitness doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated.
It’s all about finding small ways to incorporate mental health practices into your daily routine.
Easy ways to boost your mental fitness
Here are a few to help you get started…
Clear your head trash regularly
I know, I’m predictable, right? But this is true. By keeping on top of your head trash clear-out practice, you can stop things getting out of control. Just like taking a walk for 15 minutes every day can keep your fitness levels in check, clearing out your head trash regularly can keep stress and anxiety at bay.
I’ve created plenty of things to help you to do this, whether it’s my Head Trash Clearance audio tracks or my Wound Healing Activations, these little things don’t need to take long, but over time they can make a huge difference.
One great way to improve your mental fitness is by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply the act of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It’s a powerful tool for reducing stress and anxiety and increasing feelings of calm and relaxation. Try taking a few minutes each day to sit quietly and focus on your breath. You might be surprised at how much of a difference it can make!
Take time to connect with others
Another way to improve your mental fitness is by staying connected with others. We humans are social creatures, and having strong social connections is crucial for our mental health. Make time to connect with friends and family, join a club or group that interests you, or volunteer in your community. Not only will you be doing something good for your mental health, but you’ll also be making a positive impact on those around you.
Get a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep does wonders for your mental fitness. When you’re well-rested you have the mental energy to deal with what life throws your way in ways that you can’t when you’re tired. Try to establish a regular sleep pattern because this will mean you have a much better quality of sleep, which is even better!
And finally, don’t forget about the power of self-care. Self-care is all about taking time to do things that make you feel good, whether that’s taking a long hot bath, going for a walk, or treating yourself to a nice meal. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential for maintaining good mental health and preventing burnout.
So there you have it: the importance of mental fitness and some easy ways to improve it.
Remember, mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and taking care of your mind is one of the best things you can do for yourself. So go ahead and start incorporating these mental health practices into your daily routine. Your mind will thank you!