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Default 2 Keys to Optimum Mental Fitness – 07-30-2013, 07:22 AM

Most people know the importance of regular physical exercise. Few people know, however, that proper psychological fitness training is also very important for overall health and optimum well-being.
Indeed, just as stretching, cardio and strength training are the three foundation stones of physical fitness (along with adequate sleep and healthy nutrition, of course) there are also three crucial components of psychological or emotional fitness, namely affirmation, visualization, and relaxation.

1.Affirmation: Basically, affirmation involves self-talk and thus recruits the dominant cerebral hemisphere (the so called "left brain" in most, right-handed people). Simply stating to yourself certain positive messages actually activates specific neural pathways that when strengthened tend to promote self-esteem and well-being. For example, reminding yourself of things like "I’m okay just the way I am;" and "I’m a good person even if I make mistakes;" or "I’m good enough, I don’t have to be perfect" will buoy up mood and positive self-regard.

2.Visualization: In essence, visualization activates the non-dominant or "right brain" in most people thus exercising important neural structures that further enhance optimism, confidence, and personal effectiveness.
   
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