Mental health is necessary in a person’s survival, wellbeing, and most especially, in achieving one’s full potential. Happiness is deemed unachievable for the person who fails to cultivate their own mental health.
Having a positive mental health is having a mental resilience.
In psychology, resilience is defined as “an individual’s ability to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of social disadvantage or other highly adverse conditions”. In short, it’s the ability to bounce back from life’s difficult circumstances.
According to research, resilience is not an innate ability, rather an attribute anyone can acquire when they put forth time and effort in cultivating it. This could mean, in following the path to resiliency, one has to face the pains and struggles that are inherent in the experience.
Like a toddler who struggles to walk, every fall or bruise results in a newfound ability and autonomy. Cultivating resilience requires a lot of discipline.
If you want to cultivate mental resilience, the following strategies may help you. But know also that working on the conscious level is not enough, knowing how the unconscious mind works is significant in your goal setting.
3 Ways To Enhance Your Mental Resilience:
1. Acquire new skills.
Acquiring new skills develops your mental resilience in a way where your competency and mastery are challenged. While taking baby steps to learn a new skill, every time you succeed in these steps, you start to aim for a higher challenge until a mastery is achieved.
This will enhance your self esteem and problem solving skills.
2. Set a powerful goal.
A lot of research indicate that setting a powerful goal facilitates in the development of resilience. While goal setting develops your will power and your ability to create and execute your action plan, it also enhances your sense of purpose.
This is seen in people whose goals involve doing things that are greater than themselves, like volunteer work or the pursuit of spirituality.
This type of mental resilience creates coherence and connection in someone’s life, or may be useful in times of trouble.
Goal setting may vary form person to person, depending on what area of life you want to work on, whether you want to develop a new habit, or discard the ones that prevent growth.
3. Try a controlled exposure.
Controlled exposure is a process where individuals are slowly and gradually exposed to situations that provoke anxiety on their part.
For example, you’re the type of person who find speaking in public a bit of a challenge. To overcome this challenge, you’re to take small steps that starts with speaking in front of a small audience, one or two of your friends.
Gradually increase the size depending on your capability to do so. After you’ve done this for quite a time, speaking in public is no longer much of a challenge to you.
In addition, you’ve achieved a resilience you wouldn’t have acquired had you not taken the challenge of facing your anxiety.
All these strategies may work for your advantage, but…
How to engage your subconscious mind in the process?
The subconscious mind plays a big role in creating a positive and powerful change in your life, whether it be mental, spiritual, physical, or emotional.
It’s because there are unconscious influences that you’re not even aware of. As a result, you do nothing to prevent them from having such influences on you.
The more these things are ignored, the greater their influences are, and the harder it would be for you to achieve your goals.