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Here are 10 little-known morning habits of mentally tough people

You don’t need to act physically tough to appear mentally strong.

A strong mindset is one that’s disciplined, determined and consistent. It’s a realization that habits and routines define who we are and how we’ll grow in life.

It’s no secret that the mornings are important. By getting your day off to a good start, you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead.

Below are 10 things mentally strong people do every morning.

1) They meditate

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of meditation. From reducing stress to anxiety to enhancing memory and concentration, there isn’t much that go wrong by giving it a try.

This allows a mentally strong person to get their mind clear and focused on achieving their goals for the day ahead.

(To learn more about how to practice meditation, check my ultimate guide to meditation here)

2) They assess their emotions

Being mentally strong has nothing to do with resisting emotions. Mentally strong people realize that they have to accept their emotions if they are to move on with life.

If a negative thought pops into their mind during meditation, they simply acknowledge it, accept it and move on with their meditation practice.

3) They practice positive self-talk

Mentally strong people realize that negative self-talk serves no purpose. It’s far better to back yourself and be optimistic.

After all, you only get life once, so why not make the most of it?

4) They let their loved ones know they’re loved

They realize that love is the most powerful force in the universe, and therefore keep their loved ones close by their side.

Whether it’s through listening intently or saying the three words, “I love you”, when they get a chance, they’ll show how much they love their closed ones.

5) They look after themselves

While they realize how important it is to have loved ones around, they also take responsibility for themselves. They realize that they have to be responsible for how they think, feel and act.

They know that you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

(To dive deep into self-love and how to practice self-love, check out our guide to loving yourself here)

6) They set goals

This is a crucial habit of a mentally strong person. Setting goals allows their mind to get focused and clear on what needs to be done throughout the day.

At no point in the day will they wonder, “What will I do next?”

They set goals beyond their reach so they always have something to reach for.

(If you’re looking for a structured, easy-to-follow framework to help you find your purpose in life and achieve your goals, check our eBook on how to be your own life coach here).

7) They exercise

Exercising is not only great for the body, but it’s also wonderful for the mind, too.


Because it gives you a sense of achievement which releases the feel-good chemical, dopamine. It also gets the blood flowing and makes you feel alive.

Harvard Health Blog sums up the amazing benefits of exercise best:

“Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress. It’s a common experience among endurance athletes and has been verified in clinical trials that have successfully used exercise to treat anxiety disorders and clinical depression. If athletes and patients can derive psychological benefits from exercise, so can you.”

8) They strive to be better

If you’re not growing, then you’re not really living, according to a mentally strong person.

They realize that life is constant growth and the only thing that needs to be feared is plateauing.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

9) They embrace joyful moments

They realize that joy has no boundaries. Moments don’t last forever so you have to embrace them while you can.

They’ll celebrate small things like setting their personal best in running, and they won’t hesitate to pop the champagne if their partner gets a promotion at work.

They know that sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

(If you’re looking for specific actions you can take to stay in the moment and live a happier life, check out our best-selling eBook on how to use Buddhist teachings for a mindful and happy life here)

10) They hope for the best

Being pessimistic and negative doesn’t serve much purpose.

Mentally strong people stay away from energy stealers and remain optimistic about the day ahead. They see opportunities that not many other people do.

As the Dalai Lama said, “Be optimistic, it feels better.”

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Lachlan Brown

Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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