What is your ‘L’ to getting mentally fit?
For the practical activity this fortnight, we are going to L-earn something new so we can enhance our skills of supporting our own and other people’s mental fitness.
You could consciously focus on L-earning activities; paddle on a L-ake; play L-asertag; build some L-ego; enjoy some L-eisure time; take that art L-esson; go to the L-ibrary; try L-ine Dancing (with Kel); go see L-ive Music; take a L-otto ticket, or just go out for L-unch.
At Get Mentally Fit, we offer programs and services, which have a unique focus on appreciating the learning styles and needs of our clients while educating people on effective thinking, which positively correlates with healthy behaviours.
We are adamant that the ‘how’, and the ‘why’, for positive change is central to mental fitness education and evidence-based practical exercises and professional support this process. The aim for our clients is that they realise and enjoy the profound benefits of regenerative mental fitness.
Contact us to enquire into how we can support you to reliably measure, and skilfully cultivate your thinking, which in turn leads to highly effective, more positive, actions in your personal and professional life.
What is the focus of this fortnight’s article?
Control – why it calms our nervous system
We all have the power to proactively respond to anything life throws at us.
According to Strycharczyk & Clough, the developers of the mental toughness model, mentally tough people generally respond positively to stress, pressure and challenge regardless of their circumstances. Considering this and the fact that we’re running this program to support our member’s mental fitness (toughness) learning a few practical hacks to enhance our mental toughness is highly relevant.
Strycharczyk & Clough identify ‘Control’ as one of the key 4 constructs that make up mental toughness. Therefore we are going to focus on a highly effective, practical activity to strengthen your personal control over external circumstances.
Locus of Control
Locus of control refers to the extent to which people feel that they have control over the events that influence their lives. This concept also describes the degree to which individuals perceive that outcomes result from their own behaviours, or from forces that are external to themselves.
People who develop an internal locus of control believe that they are responsible for their own success. Those with an external locus of control believe that external forces, like luck, and chance, determine their outcomes.
Therefore, as the environment around us changes, we can either attribute success and failure to things we have control over, or to forces outside our influence. Which orientation we choose has a direct bearing on our long-term success and the degree of life-satisfaction that we enjoy.
Learning the art of letting go of many of the external circumstances that are out of our control ultimately has a profound affect on our anxiety levels and personal health.
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If you feel this initial introduction to the concept of control sparks some interest, definitely check out some of the following resources.
We’re going to leave you with some thoughts from Victor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl’s experiences of being held captive at Auschwitz concentration camp, drove him to write the book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. In the book Frankl says:
‘Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way’.
As Frankl also quotes in his book, ‘When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves’.
Also check out our previous articles below on the topic of mental toughness where we explore the concepts of emotional control and life control as two of the factors of mental toughness.