Training? How to stay mentally strong and motivated!
If you are currently in training for a sporting event, you will know how difficult motivation can be during these cold, wet and dreary February weeks! By this time of year, most of us have had enough of the rain, the early dark evenings, the grey and motivation can begin to dip. During this time it's important to remember that the power of the mind is our greatest tool and can enable us to overcome the toughest of challenges. There are some simple ways you can work with the power of your mind to promote motivation and mental strength, that are extremely effective when built into your routine and will get you through your winter training!
1. Firstly, it’s important to learn that you have a choice when it comes to your cognitive process. You can choose what to think and believe and the choice you make will have a dramatic impact on the way you feel, react and behave, so essentially the way you perform during training. A positive thought will promote a positive outcome and a negative thought will promote a negative outcome. So before and during training, you have a choice to make. You can choose to set off believing this is achievable and experience high motivation levels, or you can set off believing this is not and experience much lower motivation levels. Notice how your motivation and endurance peaks when you start with a positive belief.
2. Just like anything, to be at its strongest, the mind needs looking after and it’s important to remember to be kind to your mind. For motivation and to be mentally strong, your mindset needs to be at its peak but it will let you down if it’s overworked, tired or neglected, just as your body would do. Think about how you look after your body, and apply the same concept to your mind. Allowing times of rest and mental relaxation gives your state of mind time to repair and come back stronger than before.
3. Fear and self-doubt are your mental strengths biggest enemies, so to combat this and protect your mental strength they need to eliminated. Firstly, you need to identify what your self-doubts, fears and concerns are. Then you can begin to start letting them go and a simple visualisation is the perfect tool for this, as you release those doubts and fears from your mind and allow your motivation and mental strength to remain solid and strong. To further strengthen this, you can visualise your end goal just the way you want it be, allowing this concept to be your point of focus, rather than any self-doubt and fear.
So if you are ready to look after your mental strength during winter training, hypnotherapy is the perfect tool. Using a range of techniques, hypnotherapy can work to help you remain calm and focused, choose positive thoughts and let go of fear and self doubt, all in all enabling you to perform to the best of your ability!
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About Emily Hughes
My name is Emily and I am a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor working out of London, Canary Wharf and Essex. I specialise in taking a holistic approach to physical and mental wellness and my main areas of focus are diet and weight control, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.