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Exercises for resilience and mental strength

Building resilience and mental strength is something just about everyone could benefit from. Whether it is for general well-being or as a way to combat anxiety, there are exercises you can do to help improve your resilience and mental strength. Some exercises include:

  1. Visualize Positive Outcomes: We all face a plethora of uncertain situations in our lives each day. Instead of letting your mind worry and go down the rabbit hole of negativity, make a mental list of as many situations as you can think of, and then visualize positive outcomes. Build the muscle memory of positivity and enjoy the benefits.

  2. Turn Anxiety Into Progress: Anxiety almost always has a negative connotation, but it doesn't always have to be bad. Turn anxiety on its head and use it for good to learn how to calm down, reassess situations, reframe your thoughts, and make better decisions.

  3. Try Something New: With technology, and the increased availability and access to online content thanks to the pandemic, the ability to access free or inexpensive experiences, classes, or events is easier than ever. The increase in options and access can allow you to try or experience something you may have never considered or thought you would ever do before. Take the opportunity to push your mind and body slightly out of your comfort zone.

  4. Reach Out: Cultivating, seeking out, and prioritizing supportive, encouraging relationships helps you to keep anxiety at bay.

  5. Practice Positive Self-talk: Positive thinking and giving yourself positive self reminders at the beginning and end of each day can have a huge impact on your mental strength and resilience. Don't underestimate the power of positive thinking.

  6. Immerse Yourself In Nature: Spending time in nature has positive effects on our mental health, and it has been backed up by science in multiple studies. Find a nearby park or green space that is fairly quiet and focus on breathing, relaxing, and becoming aware of the surrounding sights, sounds, and smells. Doing this boosts your resilience by acting as a reset to your equilibrium and provide energy restoration.


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