Just like doing a few calf raises while brushing your teeth (a great way to fit in movement!), mental fitness is about flexing your mind muscles, keeping your brain and emotional health in a good shape – not in the sense of brain training or memory games, but feeling mentally well, positive and resilient in the face of challenges.
Much like physical muscles, mental muscles need a workout to build their strength and stamina – PQ Reps in mine and my clients case. But, that’s a whole other story that we’ll go into another time.
This can come from small things, the obvious ones such as journaling and meditations, but also from taking time to stop while out on a walk, breathe in for 8 and out for 8. Making sure you get enough sleep, making time to create memories with friends and family, or just taking time to take stock of what’s going on, see what you can do or what you need to accept and not become overwhelmed. This is all a journey and takes time, but I’m pretty certain you could be practicing yoga and mental fitness without even knowing, how good is that?!
Small sustainable changes
Take a moment and think about all the things you do regularly, even out of habit, these form part of your practice. Now you’ve thought about them, how could you make the most out of each moment? Taking a minute out on your walk or run to take in your surroundings and breath. A tree pose while boiling the kettle, getting up from your desk for a short forward fold to release the stress of your day.
“When breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”– Pattabhi Jois
Could you use some help with building simple, sustainable change into your life, whether from yoga, mental fitness coaching or a combination of the two, get in touch to see how we can build your resilience and help you live a life free from overwhelm. Also, keep an eye out for my in-person Lymington meet-ups coming soon, the perfect way to meet up with likeminded people and chat about life and get a taste for my blended coaching approaches in a non-judgement, friendly setting.