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What is the first thought that comes to mind when you envision mental strength? For many, mental strength seems out of reach, however, it isn’t.

If you’re going through something hard to face or simply cannot stand to be alone with yourself at the moment getting a bit more physical might be exactly what you need. Using your mind and body you can really make a difference in your own life. Below I am going to go over some of the best ways to become mentally stronger. Some of these will involve more effort than the others but they will all benefit you greatly.

7 Physical Ways to Build Mental Strength:

1. Smile as often as you can.

When you’re stressed one of the best things you can do is smile. Smiling will allow you to promote positivity and in that create a positive environment around you. Sure, you shouldn’t be slapping on a smile every day but sometimes it might be necessary.

2. Make actual changes in your life.

Change your routine, make some plans to go out, just really find something different to do. Deviating from what you’re used to might be the change you need to mentally put you where you need to be. By overcoming things you are becoming mentally stronger whether you see it or not.

3. Go for a walk in nature.

Spending time in nature will help you to feel at peace. If you have a lot on your mind you need to go for a walk. Going for a walk will allow you to really release some of what is bothering you and through finally learning to let go on some level you are becoming stronger. Strength can be found in many places.

4. Scream if you need to.

Sometimes screaming things out even if it’s just us all on our own can get rid of the anger we hide inside. If you want to let something out find a place you’re comfortable and let it out. This will allow you to learn to not literally blow up on people who perhaps have not done anything to deserve it.

5. Take deep breaths.

Breathe deeply, this is important. The more full your breaths are the more relaxed you will be. This is something that I do when I am feeling anxious and it helps me tremendously. Being mentally strong entails knowing how to calm yourself.

6. Do some working out.

Work out if you need to. Working out will help you take your mind off of whatever is bothering you. Sure, it might seem silly but it makes a huge difference.

7. Practice some kind of yoga or meditation.

Yoga and meditation, in general, both have been used for years and years as a means of letting go of stress and opening the mind. If yoga doesn’t seem to be for you give meditation in itself a try. There is a technique for everyone, you just have to find yours.