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Like any kind of training, building mental strength requires a commitment to good habits and practices over time. However, some of these practices can be daunting especially if you have to think of how big of a change in character and lifestyle you have to make in order to be mentally strong. Y...
This habit is so simple that it’s incredibly easy to miss.
There'a a chance that you're not quite as honest about your emotions—especially the really difficult ones—as you’d like to believe.
ou had a big argument with your spouse last night. This morning, your coworker asks you how yo...
First of all, Do you really know how you feel? Sure you know that you feel upset. But what emotions specifically are you feeling?
Even though you may intellectually know you're not ok,if you're in the habit of avoiding talking about how you feel, you’re training your brain to think that painful feelings are things to be avoided and feared and that is a set-up for emotional fragility and pain.
By taking even 3 seconds ...
The majority of emotional suffering is a direct result of too much mental time travel.
Mental time travel is the amazing ability we have to think about the future with our imagination or relive events from the past out of memory. While this can serve as a warning and help us plan and prepar...
Anxiety. The vast majority of anxiety comes from unhelpful thinking about the future. Know when to use your mental time travel ability.
Shame. Many instances of depression and low self-esteem are driven by powerful mental habits of self-criticism and self-judgment. Though these painful ment...
Cultivate the ability to hold your attention in the present moment. Use your ability to mentally time travel mindfully, not mindlessly
When faced with a challenging situation, keep your attention on that current situation, don't replay any upsetting past event to add to what you're already ...
All too often, our best intentions get sabotaged by our own minds: impulsive reactions, cravings, fears, and the like.
Resist these unhealthy impulses and cravings by shifting your focus onto your values: why you want to resist that impulse in the first place?
If you’re feeling the im...
Then, once you’ve figured out at least one good value behind your desire to resist your craving, clarify and justify it: what are its benefits and advantages? What are the benefits of losing weight and getting healthy? What will you be able to do when you're healthier? How will it make you feel:...
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