- The quality or the state of being physically strong
- The capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure
- The potency or degree of concentration of a drug, chemical, or drink.
They are the dictionary definitions of strength but they appear to focus on physical strength. Strength includes mental strength as well though – doesn’t it?
We think mental strength is the capacity to withstand great force or pressure of a different kind.
Synonyms include courage, durability, fortitude but these are more to do with mindset than how strong your biceps are.
Building mental strength includes working on the ability to turn negatives into positives, knowing your limits, knowing when to reach out for help and knowing how to set boundaries to protect yourself. When you look at them they are very similar to the skills you need to teach yourself to build physical strength.
Being either physically or mentally strong requires discipline and practice, we aren’t talking about elite athletes but I guess most of know our physical capabilities but how many of us know our mental capabilities? I would suggest very few of us unless we are tested however mentally strong people all demonstrate tolerance, flexibility, self respect, emotional control and empathy.
So while we are working on physical strength don’t neglect mental health