Do these 6 exercises every day to build resilience and mental strength

When I first began researching anxiety in my lab as a neuroscientist, I never really thought of myself as an anxious person. That is, until I started noticing the words my subjects, colleagues, friends, and even myself used to describe how we were feeling — “anxious,” “nervous,” “nervous,” “distracted,” “nervous,” “ready to give up.”

But what I’ve found over the years is that the most powerful way to combat anxiety is to constantly work on building your flexibility and mental strength. Along the way, you’ll learn to appreciate or even welcome certain types of errors for all the new information they bring you.

Here are six daily exercises I use to build my flexibility and mental strength:

1. Visualize Positive Results

2. Turning Anxiety Into Progress

3. Try something new

These days, it’s easier than ever to take a new class online, join a local gym, or take part in a virtual event.

Not long ago, I joined Wimbledon champion Venus Williams for a live workout on Instagram, using bottles of Prosecco as her weights. I’ve never done anything like this before. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

My point is that for free (or only for a small fee) you can push your mind and body to try something you hadn’t even thought of before. It doesn’t have to be an exercise, and it doesn’t have to be hard – it can be something above your level or a little out of your comfort zone.

4. Lend a helping hand

5. Practice positive self-tweet

6. Immerse yourself in nature

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