What is Mental Toughness?
Mental toughness as defined by the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology, "Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a performer; specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure."
How do we help our teens learn mental toughness?
💪Teaching your teens to wait on something they want is a great first step. In this instant gratification society, waiting is hard but necessary in life.
💪Training them to develop patience. Patience is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. When we are patient, we do not quit!
💪When we train our teens to stick it out with hard things, they are forming new pathways in their brain that they can wait for rewards. (a higher brain function)
💪Encouraging our teens to do new things (even when it's hard and they don't feel like it) develops mental toughness.
💪Instilling a growth mindset in them. Helping them to notice the value and learning that comes with failing at something. All these experiences help us to be better the next time. Look for the growth opportunities.
💪Training them how to recognize and manage their emotions. When I say managing their emotions, I don't mean stuffing them! "I'm frustrated, but I'm going to continue to try and figure this out. Maybe if I take a step back I can look at this from a different perspective".
💪What techniques have you used to help your teen develop grit?
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