Manliness is often associated with strength. This attribute often appears as it is the nature of masculine energy to be resilient, unchanging and penetrating. Attributes such as strength, grounded-ness, relaxation etc all are manifestations of the masculine, as they allow a man to stay unchanging as the world changes around him. Lifting 3 times your body weight above your head is impressive, but strength comes in many forms.
This article is about mental strength. This is the ability to keep pushing to succeed, keep going no matter how low you feel, have an iron willpower and unbreakable focus. Mental strength is also correlated with greater social intelligence, less stress, a better memory and an increased ability to solve problems.
This is a very important aspect of manhood that you will have to cover, and there are activities that you can do and hobbies that you can pick up in order to improve yourself in that regard. It will take some time and there will be varying degrees of fun as well as some minor challenges that you will have to overcome.
In the end, though, through finding your own activities to support your mental strength and development, you will become a lot mentally stronger than before and a lot more driven that you ever were.
It is highly regarded as a real workout for your brain, especially when given the fact that it can last a long time when playing a skilled opponent. The main advantages of playing chess are that it help you develop a more analytic mind and while also helping you to develop your own internal methods of strategising efficiently.
Chess heavily revolves around responding to the moves that your opponent makes and planning your own accordingly. There are complex moves and manoeuvres, trapping pieces and sacrificial moves to name just a few of the interesting and strategic aspects of this game.
Getting started is easy. Just run down to your local shop and buy yourself a chess game, read the rules and start playing. There are plenty of instructions on youtube and elsewhere online
While it is a lot of fun and a great way to socialize with other people, you can also practice alone by controlling both sides of the board, coming up with strategies of your own and improving them.
While it may seem like a game that is played primarily by old men, it can really be played by anyone. Back when I was a student I once ended up in a flat with guys who insisted that we drink heavily and play chess. I thought that I had stumbled upon a place full of the most boring people on Earth; I soon found myself waiting for my next turn to play! Playing chess with the guys (and drinking), on the nights that we didn’t go out, became a very frequent occurrence that summer. I probably lost more brain cells than I grew through drinking; but I just wanted to include this example to illustrate that it can be an amazing way to socialise!
Chess is also a very popular online game. There are a lot of websites and social media sites that allow you to play chess either with your friends of with complete strangers.
All in all, it is a nice relaxing activity that will help you develop a lot of mental strength and a more analytic mindset.
“Mens sana in corpore sano” is the Latin saying behind Yoga. It means “a healthy mind in a healthy body” and it is exactly what you will achieve when practicing yoga.
It consists of 2 major elements, meditation, and physical exercises, allowing you to strengthen both your mind and your body at the same time.
Yoga is not exactly the easiest thing to get into though. There will be a lot of limbering exercises that you will be doing and a lot of difficult positions that you will have to force yourself into, however, your body will thank you for it later.
There are a lot of constant mental benefits from yoga as well. There are a lot of meditation styles that you can use in order to clear your head, as well as analyze your life and figure out what you want to change.
A big plus to yoga is the huge community behind it and how easily you can get help when you need it as well as recommendations and support when you need it. So grab your best yoga pants, and start looking for a trainer or a gym where you can practice yoga.
While it is beyond the scope of this article, check out Elliott Hulse on Youtube for how certain physical exercises and aspects of physical health contribute to vastly increased mental strength.
Autosuggestion is the practice of influencing one’s self and consciousness with its own suggestions and ideas.
The practice is very simple. It all boils down to finding ways to hold positive images in your mind. You are a teleological being and continually moving towards the images you hold in your mind. Society continually puts negative images (or images of stuff you should buy) in your face. Autosuggestion is about taking control of the images that your nervous system is moving towards. By checking out this website, I presume that you are already on this path of greater conscious control.
Doing things like talking to yourself in the second person and trying to convey a positive attitude onto yourself that way, or leaving notes for yourself to find later in time are just a couple of things that will help set you on the right track.
There are a lot more things that you can do in order to help yourself with autosuggestion, as well as a lot of books and studies done on this subject. The information is available at your local bookstore in the form of self-help guides as well as online, all you have to do is go looking for it. The two most respected sources on how images are the effect the nervous system are David Allen and Anthony Robbins. You will definitely want to check these guys out if you are striving for increased mental strength.
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Pick up a Hobby
Hobbies don’t really get the recognition that they deserve given the fact that they help us with a lot of our self-growth and development. Regardless of you age or skills a hobby can help you explore your talents, contributing a lot to your mental strength.
Just by starting a new hobby, you are engaging multiple new areas of your brain and growing new neural pathways in order to make sense of the new skillset. This is why hobbies are often so addictive and pleasurable; because they often result in activating multiple parts of the brain simultaneously.
Different hobbies have different effects though, some will help you develop your artistic side and help you see the beauty around you, others will help you develop a deeper state of concentration and focus, while others will help you zone out and deal with high levels of stress more efficiently.
Another great thing about hobbies is the fact that it gives you something to look forward to and plan for. This is especially true with outdoor hobbies like hiking and fishing, however even something as simple and as readily available as whittling can do wonders.
Hobbies also help you develop additional skills, help you boost your confidence level as well as provide you with something to entertain your friends with.
There are a lot of hobbies out there that you can try out and it is just a matter of time until you find the one that you feel is right.
Mental Training and Exercises
A surefire way to improve your mental strength is to actively train your mind. It is not painful, it will not cause strain. It just takes time, dedication and diligence, just like all other types of training do.
There are a lot of ways in which you can do this however experts recommend starting easy. Jigsaw puzzles, easy memory games, easy things like doing the crossword puzzle in the daily paper or solving the daily Sudoku puzzle, these are all great ways of getting started.
After a short period of time, once you start seeing some mental improvements, you can move on to more challenging activities. Things like speed reading, maze puzzles, 3D puzzles and long memory games are things that will keep your mind engaged and at the same time entertained.
The important thing is to keep cranking up the difficulty and engage your mind properly. The long-term benefits that these activities yield include delaying the onset of dementia or mental decay, better short term and long term memory, a faster thought process and many others.
These exercises are widely used by the military, in the medical field of neurology and in various otter settings because of their benefits and the effects that they have on the human mind. Trying them out and relaxing while doing them might not be a bad idea.
Mental strength is something that all men should strive for. Its benefits span for very long periods of time and it can help us become better versions of ourselves in all areas.
There are multiple ways in which you can go about achieving this. Some of them require you to invest more time, some require you to use your body as well. But what they all have in common is that they are fun and an overall productive way of spending your free time.
As long as you take your time and explore all your options, you will no doubt find the right activity that will increase your mental strength and help you better yourself at a much deeper level than you thought possible.