Over the past few months our mental health has been challenged—We’ve lost our usually stress management outlets and the large amounts of uncertainty and loss make it difficult to stay positive. But if there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s that life has ups and downs, ON PURPOSE—The downs are opportunities to choose growth and the ups show us the climb is worth it.
To be a successful entrepreneur I’ve had to develop this awareness and the skills to be mentally fit—without them, my clients would suffer, my business would crumble, and I would’ve stayed stuck living below my potential. But because I chose to challenge the moments of uncertainty, do the personal development work, and trust good things come after perseverance, I know better days are coming.
Here are 5 ways I’ve become mentally fit and how you can too:
EMBRACE SOLITUDE—Alone time used to make me anxious, but now I can’t go a day without it (quarantine or not). My work requires a lot of my mental energy, so I intentionally schedule time alone to replenish it. Journaling, meditation, and walking in nature are all ways I do this.
LISTEN TO INSPIRING MESSAGES—I don’t watch the news. I read an email every morning with a small update of what’s going on, but other than that I choose to fill my ears with educational audiobooks or podcasts.
LIMIT EXPOSURE TO NEGATIVE PEOPLE—Unfollow social media accounts who instill fear and unfollow your energy sucking family or friends in real life.
MAKE SMALL COMMITMENTS—Shorten your To-Do list to just 3 things. It’ll feel really good when you finally follow through with what you said you were going to do, rather than feeling frustrated in overwhelm.
HELP WHEN YOU WANT TO (Less When You Feel Obligated To)—This is part of boundary setting which will give you a healthy sense of control in this unpredictable world.
Below I am sharing some of my favorite personal development books that I’ve read so far and hope you enjoy too:
6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter J Voogd
Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Buchard
TED Talks by Chris Anderson
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink. Leif Babin
The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Delay, Don’t Worry by Gin Stephens
Napoleion Hill’s Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The One Thing by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
The Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballantyne
Man Up by Bedros Keuilian
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
The Decision by Kevin Hart
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Unstoppable by Craig Ballantyne
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Ribbons
Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile
Lastly, look for the gifts and find ways to make the best of the present!
With Lots Of Healthy Love,
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