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8 Small Things To Do Every Morning To Make You Mentally Strong

8 Small Things To Do Every Morning To Make You Mentally Strong

We all admire mentally strong people. We may not openly express how we feel about them but we do appreciate their courage every now and then. In the real sense, they have been able to set their boundaries and wouldn’t compromise their joys and strengths for anyone or anything in the world. They are focused and have a laser vision of where they want to be. To be mentally strong though means you must have psyched yourself up and prepared your mindset or mental awareness. Every morning, to be mentally strong, you have to do these things.

Have a set goal in mind

It is hard to get anything done or stay mentally strong when you are disorganized or unfocused on what to do. Mentally strong people have an established goal in mind that they have to accomplish for the day. The morning is the best time to focus on what needs to be done and decide not to waste time with things that do not matter or direct them towards your goals for the day.

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Remind yourself of your values

There is no point in comparing yourself to competition. Although this may be tempting it can have a dent on your self-worth. Every morning to remain mentally strong, you need to know what you stand for and what you don’t stand for. Living according to your values sets the tone for being mentally strong.

Express gratitude

There is always something to be thankful for. Truthfully, you cannot be at your best if you are always insisting that you deserve better. Look at where you are coming from and do not simply acknowledge the things that you already have, also learn to be grateful for them. Whether they are big or small, use every morning to express gratitude for the things that you already have.

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Hope for the best

It takes optimism to retain mental strength. You cannot simply give in to being negative about the things you want to accomplish. Focus on the best and expect it. Being optimistic sort of gives you an inner calm and awakening that things will eventually work in your favor. Thus you are not drained mentally but sustained through the positivity that dwells from within you.

Reflect on the progress you have made

No one can say he/she has not achieved anything in life. Whether through knowledge gained or experience attained or through the relationships that have been built, there is actually something that you can cherish and has made you better than the person you once was. Learn to reflect at the progress you have made, appreciate the moments, the good times and be excited about them.

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Stay in tune with your surrounding

I personally take a walk and have a feel of nature every morning. I use these periods to clear my thoughts and focus on the possibilities. With these periods I can also clear out any negative energy within. I stay in tune with my surrounding, observing it, appreciating it, learning from it, and sometimes even absorbing the positive vibe from it.

Do something that gladdens your heart

Engage in something that gladdens your heart. It could be reading a book, cooking a decent meal or engaging in an interesting mind or physical activity. Engaging in something that gladdens your heart improves your self-worth, brightens your mood and prepares you for an interesting day’s work.

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Focus on the present

As much as you want to dilly-dally or fantasize about the future or reminisce about the past, the present is where you are. Positioning yourself to be mentally strong means you are willing to make every moment of the present count. You want to act now. There is really no point in trying to get stuck in the past or trying to daydream about the future. To be mentally strong you really have to acknowledge the reality of where you are right now and act upon it.

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Casey Imafidon

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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