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August 26, 2016
Strong Against Stress: Introduction

I grew up doing gymnastics. I always had a love-hate relationship with the sport. Gymnastics is unique because you were never done learning. Just when you mastered a new skill after years of tedious work and countless falls, there was always a newer, scarier trick that you had to learn. The word “mental toughness” was a common phrase my Dad would use at home when giving me pep talks. The need to learn and become strong mentally in the sport was just as necessary a skill as your physical strength.  

Becoming “mentally tough” or psychologically tough is something that can be measured or described. I attended a conference this past April that discussed the habits of people who were resilient under stress. It wasn’t that these people had not encountered stress, but they had endured extremely stressful events and grown and recovered following the event. The lecture discussed the similar habits these individuals had that made them all unique in their ability withstand these events.

Through the next few blogs we will talk about how we can work on being mentally tough. We will discuss topics that can make ourselves better at coping with stress. Till then, how would you rate your mental toughness currently?  

Reference:

Preston, J. D. (2016, April). The Habits of Stress-Resilient People. Paper presented at Institute for Brain Potential: The Habits of Stress-Resilient People, Lynnwood, WA.

To read more of our Strong Against Stress series follow to: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

 

Written by Andy Miller

 
 

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