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Regain Your Mental Edge

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Regaining your edge, whether mental or physical, is a goal of A mental edge includes confidence, self-awareness, poise, mental toughness, resiliency and clarity of thought.  The benefits of developing a mental edge or mental strength are obvious but require a sustained amount of effort, similar to what’s required in developing physical strength. But how exactly can you develop mental toughness and maintain or regain your mental edge? Part of the answer is in combating things that negatively impact your mental health and physical  health, such as stress, anxiety and depression, and part of the answer involves improving mental cognition which isn’t possible without an uncluttered, unstressed mind.

Keep reading as we delve into the benefits of mental toughness training and how you can regain your mental edge.


Benefits of Having a Mental Edge

Enhanced Cognitive Function

Mental strength is a reflection of cognitive functions like memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking, all of which can decline with age.


Increased Resilience

Mental toughness leads to resilience, allowing you to better cope with changes, including health issues, career transitions, and changes in family dynamics.


Improved Emotional Health

Strong mental health contributes to better emotional regulation, reducing susceptibility to depression, anxiety, and stress, which can be prevalent in later life stages.


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Better Physical Health

There’s a strong mind-body connection; mental strength can lead to healthier lifestyle choices, better stress management, and a lower risk of age-related diseases.


Enhanced Social Awareness

Mental edge can improve communication skills and emotional intelligence, leading to stronger relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.


Increased Productivity

A sharp, focused mind boosts productivity in both personal and professional life, helping to achieve goals and pursuing new interests.


Improved Life Satisfaction

With a mental edge, men can experience a greater sense of control over their lives, leading to higher levels of overall happiness and satisfaction.


Adaptability to Change

Mental edge helps men to better adapt to the changes that come with ageing, helping them to take on new experiences and opportunities.


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How to Regain Your Mental Edge Through Mental Toughness Training

 Continuous Learning and Mental Stimulation

Participate in activities and games that work your brain. This could include taking a course online, reading books or doing puzzles, or playing games such as chess or even strategy games online.  Continuous learning and mental challenges keep the mind sharp and adaptable.


Physical Exercise

Exercising is not just good for the body but also improves the mind. It enhances cognitive function, reduces stress, and improves your mood. It improves your mood by releasing endorphins which makes you feel good and reduces the feeling of pain.


Healthy Diet

By eating a healthy, balanced diet you are likely to  fulfil your nutrient requirements.   A balanced diet rich in nutrients supports brain health.

By taking care of yourself by eating properly, it encourages other decisions and actions that improve your brain function, such as sleeping regularly and, smoking less. Even though smoking is thought to reduce stress for smokers, it actually increases anxiety and tension.



Most people don’t get enough sun exposure to create sufficient levels of vitamin D.  Vitamin D plays a crucial role in  brain health.  A lack  of Vitamin D is associated with mood disorder, depression and anxiety. This is because Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation, including neuroinflammation.

Other mental health supplements include: Omega 3, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and B12, Zinc, Magnesium, melatonin, and Ashwagandha.


Mindfulness and Meditation

Acts of mindfulness and meditation can greatly enhance mental strength, reduce stress, and improve focus and emotional regulation. This is because meditation teaches you to ‘steady’ your mind and become more aware while mindfulness helps you put life into perspective.


Adequate Sleep

The impacts of having regular occurring and sufficient sleep is highly beneficial to mental health. Good sleep practices enhance cognitive function, mood, and overall health.  It reduces stress and rests your mind allowing for improved alertness.


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Social Interaction

Engaging with friends and acquaintances regularly can improve mental health and provide a supportive network for sharing and overcoming challenges. As social beings, interaction also decreases anxiety and depression.  


Stress Management through deep breathing

Stress impairs mental health and can impact your physical wellbeing as well. Learning techniques such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation helps reduce stress and anxiety.



Setting Goals and Embracing Challenges

The act of setting goals engages the mind and motivates it.  It also encourages the mind to extrapolate and problem solve in charting a path to success.

Setting achievable goals and embracing new challenges helps in maintaining a sense of purpose.


Positive Thinking

Having a positive mindset allows you to consider life’s possibilities and to consider positive approaches to difficulties in life.  Cultivating a positive mindset improves mental resilience and provides a better outlook on life.


Writing / Journaling

One of the best things you can do to regain your mental edge – to clarify your thoughts, regulate your emotions, and articulate those thoughts is to write them out. Writing allows you to organise your thoughts and provides clarity of expression.


Conclusion: Regaining Your Mental Edge

Regaining your mental edge and building mental toughness has so many benefits that will help sustain you as you get older. To do so, you need to focus on both your body and mind and keep both as healthy as possible.

Having too much stress or anxiety in your life will cripple your ability to think.  Not consuming the right nutrients will similarly affect your mental capability.  If you are healthy though, you can focus on improving your mental capacity, whether through engaging in mentally challenging activities or thinking positively and writing your thoughts out on a regular basis.

As you incorporate these mental toughness training practices into your daily life, keep in mind your pursuit in regaining a mental edge is a continuous journey, not a destination. It’s about growing, adapting, and thriving at every stage of life.

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