Ways to Be Mentally and Emotionally Strong
Now, more than ever before, it is important that we be both mentally and emotionally strong. First of all, what does that mean? We all know what strong is, but it wasn’t until recently has the focus been there mentally.
Too long have we been in the culture of strong. And too often do we overlook our own humanity. We focus so much on strong that we fear being perceived as weak. In other words, we’ve invested a lot of time separating ourselves from ourselves. Subconsciously, we believe that when we become mentally strong, we simply don’t address it. In doing so we overlook our true beauty. And while the world tends to shun us for it, there lies so much beauty in our imperfection.
We are all going through life, trying to figure it out the best we can. We all are trying to make the best of what we’ve been given. But the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. I mean mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. We are made up of multiple components, and each component contributes to the overall picture. It is impossible to become mentally strong if we fail to align our minds, bodies, and souls.
That is where we live, that is where we feel life. Let’s cover some of the things that can help bring you closer to yourself.
It makes sense that we run away from our problems. It makes sense that we continue to turn the other cheek. That’s because we feel, internalize it, and live there. Clearly, a clear path to self-destruction. That’s when we separate ourselves from ourselves, rendering ourselves hopeless, almost useless. But is really true?
We now live in a space where we prioritize the illusion of strength over the possible opportunities for healing. When we acknowledge what we feel, we not only acknowledge ourselves, but we also, give ourselves a chance. To be mentally strong is not to ignore our mental state. It’s actually acknowledging where we are so that we can continue to build upon it.
To Say No is to Be Mentally Strong
It wasn’t until I embraced my the one No, did I understand what true freedom is. We’re bombarded by society, but most importantly, by how we interfere with our own freedom. How many times do we choose to do something out of fear rather than by heart? Meaning we accept things, not because we want to, but because we fear saying no. Along with that commitment comes resentment and frustration.
The interesting thing about it is is, we tell ourselves that we have no choice. And without choice, a feeling of entrapment. The worse feeling in showing up for someone is feeling you have no choice but to. With that, the act loses its true beauty.
We always think that good means yes and bad means no. Along with those definitions come our surrendering our freedom. Because the truth is, no is just as good as yes, especially when it empowers us. To become mentally and emotionally strong is understanding the power you possess. I remember the first day I gave myself permission to say no. It was liberating, I felt so free. That same feeling I wish for you.
Before I leave you, I’d like to leave you with one last tip.
Learn to Slow Down
Life isn’t really fast. It’s us that make it so. We move from one spot to another, looking to do as much as we can with the time that we have. So much so that we become quantity-focused instead of quality-focused. I know the pressures of life, the pressures of keeping up. I get it, but at the end of the day, is it even really worth it? To be mentally strong to understand when it’s time to STOP.
We get so used to being busy that spend more time moving rather than staying still. There’s a time to run and a time to be still. When you’ve become mentally strong, you listen to yourself. You listen to what you’re telling yourself you need. Your best messenger is yourself, for you feel your soul more than anyone else. So show up for yourself when you need you the most.
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” ― John Green
We come into this world as unfinished products, as beings of growth. We aren’t born strong, but we are all born with the ability to grow stronger. For this reason, it is important to know how to be mentally and emotionally strong. After all, we’re all growing human beings. So if you aren’t there yet, you just might be on your way. No better time than now.