Mental strength is a lot like physical strength. Developing healthy habits of mind is important and requires intentional self-care by determined effort. It is often neglected, however, as it is not directly viewed by others or oneself.
Etiquette embodies knowing the guidelines and social rules that anyone can choose to acknowledge and belong to membership in polite society. When you courteously introduce yourself and are kindly inclusive of others during meetings, you are sending peaceful signals, just as you do when you hold a door for the person behind you, or outstretch your arm to brace an elevator door allowing others to enter. The social niceties of always saying "please" and "thank you" simply make you feel good.
When being etiquette-ful is a stated aim, a groundwork develops for that necessary balancing of knowing what to put first. This contributes greatly to mental strength.
Mental strength involves your ability to think, feel, and be at your best. You can make choices and take actions that help you grow mentally stronger, with resilience as an outcome.
A strong and healthy mind says to life, “Bring on the challenges!” It fortifies you when times get hard. Mental wellness gives you the muscles to shine through the events of life and contributes to the forgiving state of mind needed to weather events that happen by no fault of your own. It helps in sustaining compassion and a calm mind.
As with any other goal, building mental and emotional resilience requires structured practice. Try incorporating each of the following activities into your daily routine so that they become habits:
Our resilience and mental strength can be found when life circumstances change unexpectedly through loss or drastic changes. But prevail we must.
This means that even though our personal situation affects us, our reactions to the situation shouldn’t necessarily affect other people who are not directly involved.
The following questions are helpful when you want to etiquette-fully persevere:
Being mentally strong calls us to engage our humanness. Etiquette calls us to show kindness and respect to every person we encounter, and this includes ourselves.