Building mental resilience is vital in dealing with life’s everyday challenges… Here to tell us how to strengthen our mental resilience and conquer the everyday is Wimbledon’s own Jason Taylor.
Jason is a Personal Trainer and specialises in Freestyle Functional Fitness. This military-inspired fitness training is designed to improve your physical and psychological wellbeing. He provides 1:1 functional outdoor fitness, zoom livestream, running coaching and corporate wellness advice. As Jason believes, resilience is not simply your ability to ‘bounce back’, but the capacity to adapt and maintain a stable well-being.
Jason’s 3 top tips for building mental resilience:
TIP 1 – ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN
Having a plan is good for your mental strength, as it helps make order out of chaos. Of all the different things you could choose to do, it tells you (and the world) what you’ve decided. This is where your priorities lie.
Even a bad plan is helpful. Getting stuff out of your head and into words will give you a sense of control. You can make the plan better when you get more information, or when you see how it’s working out.
TIP 2 – USE THE POWER OF ROUTINE
Your challenge is then sticking to the plan, and here we can lean heavily on routine. Routine gives us predictability, and predictability makes us consistent.
Our brains pick up on repeated patterns. This makes a challenge easier over time. So we’re more likely to stick to a workout if we do it at the same time every day. We’re more likely to get a better night’s sleep if we do the same things before bedtime.
Get routines right and your days will feel more energetic and focused.
TIP 3 – DO LESS, TO ACHIEVE MORE
Take a look at that plan of yours. Can you make it simpler? Our modern obsession with ‘achieving’ has some downsides. One of them is that we do everything with less focus and less quality.
So try to make things simple. If you did only half the things you do now, but did them properly, what would happen? It may mean learning to say ‘no’ a bit more often to your family and colleagues. Focusing on fewer things will increase your ability to deal with frustration, pressure, and adversity.
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Written By: Hannah Ablett | Deputy Editor
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