What does it mean to be mentally strong?

I like the term “mentally strong” both as a coach and as a strength athlete in the Scottish Highland Games. The idea of being physically strong has always appealed to me, but I’ve never really thought of my mental strength.

As one article online said, “Being mentally healthy is not just about treating illness. It is something more than that; it requires lot of other things that could help prevent ourselves, from getting ailing in the first place.”

Definitions of strength talk about “power” and “energy” and about the antithesis of “weakness.” So, how do we attain this power, this energy, this strength?

Amy Morin, a freelance writer and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) blogged about this a while ago and Forbes.com picked it up and the story went viral.

Her article is called, “Mentally Strong People: the 13 things that they avoid” and it not only talks about the things you should avoid but the ways to turn negativity into positivity, to regain your balance and find strength.

I hope you enjoy. My favourite step and the one I struggle with the most is number 5: …Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone. What is your struggle?

Here is the link to Amy’s site: http://www.amymorinlcsw.com/mentally-strong-people/

Here is the link to the Forbes article, which also contains a decent clip of Amy being interviewed: http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/11/18/mentally-strong-people-the-13-things-they-avoid/