As with physical fitness, mental fitness has far-reaching benefits. But what does it mean to exercise your mind? Can the brain do crunches?
The importance of physical fitness. And we have many options to develop it: with a trainer at the gym, at a HIIT class, or walking and running outside.
Developing optimal health can bring more positive emotions, less stress, and a sense of achievement.
Mental fitness can be defined as having and maintaining a state of well-being and cultivating awareness of how we think, behave and feel.
Just as physical fitness provides us with an increased ability to respond to life in all its richness, mental fitness helps in the same way As a result, we are less likely to sustain (or cause) emotional and relational injury.
Mental fitness gives you the ability to pause and respond in the way you would like, in the moment, rather than having to reset or mend fences later.
Our brains carry thoughts along neural pathways. These pathways are like ruts that have been created and reinforced over time. The issue with automatic thinking (or thinking fast, as Daniel Kahnemann calls it) is when it causes us to react in ways that are unhelpful in the current situation
Automatic thinking comes from our survival brain, the limbic system. It is constantly scanning the environment for threats and has been throughout evolution. It is the human part of the brain that we can develop and re-program.