Flourish Health & Wellbeing eMagazine - Jan21 - Flipbook - Page 50
That being said, as we traverse through this
year, there’s likely to be bumps along the
way that we have no power over. The only
thing we can control is how we deal with
these moments and how we look after
ourselves both physically and mentally.
When we encounter these external shocks,
it’s important that our mental fitness is strong
so we can overcome these difficult times as
best we can. So, if you’re still looking for a
New Year’s resolution, why not make it
about improving your mental fitness?
What is mental
We know that when we do lots of
cardio-vascular or resistance exercise,
we become more physically fit as we
develop and strengthen our muscles.
By doing these exercises, you develop
muscles that help you function better in
your day-to-day life. You are stronger,
leaner, have more energy or
endurance, and are less prone to
accidents and injury.
So, why can’t the same logic be applied
to our brains and our mental health?
Well, it can. Just as physical fitness
provides us with a better ability to
respond to life’s daily rigours, mental
fitness helps in the same way. It
provides us more space to choose how
to respond to any given situation,
whether that situation is a forethought,
an external stimulus, or a feeling. As a
result, we are less likely to sustain
At Converge International, we’ve
identified a number of factors that
create and strengthen mental fitness
and grouped them into four main areas:
Mind, Body, Spirit and Community.