It has been a while since the last time worldofwave was around but with the long break I have taken, I am slowly returning back to the blog.  2019 is close to wrapping up, and it is so hard to believe that this year is coming to an end.  So many new things are awaiting and I can say that this platform and community has almost reached the 1 year mark!   I am excited to see what the new year will bring, not only for this blog but for YOU as well.  This year has been filled with ups and downs, happiness and frowns and successes and learning curves, but I have been so lucky to learn so much within that time. 

Our everyday lives bring unexpected moments and experiences, yet we all have this ability to adapt and cope in our own unique ways.  This power that we all have, is what I like to call mental strength.  Often when we hear the word strength, the first thoughts that come to mind are often about physical power and less about other types of ‘strength’.  The definition of strength has extended beyond the common definition of just physical ability.  I like to think of strength as a trait that can also extend to mental strength and emotional strength.  

Mental strength is the power to cope and adapt to the challenging moments of pain, stress, and difficulty, and still find ways to see the positivity and optimism within the times of darkness.  There are people that I have been lucky to surround myself with, who demonstrate this admirable ability day in and out.  They have this inner fire within them, that drives them to fight the feelings of sadness and darkness, and still find the glimpse of light at the end of a tunnel. This being said, mental strength does not mean to dismiss the inner feelings that are within, but to take personal initiative to find ways to cope and move forward. Mental strength is far more than just a state or ability, but a dynamic and ever-changing mix of emotions and feelings. It impacts each person differently, but the most important is to ensure that you take care of yourself, if this is a state you are experiencing.

If you sense that someone you care about is not their usual self, I encourage you to reach out and check on them. Everyone experiences challenging moments in their life, and to check in with them can be the difference between prolonging the pain or providing comfort in a time of need. Consistent communication and following up with these individuals in your life, can be just some of the ways to take a step towards extending help and support. Emotional strength is similar to mental strength, but is more focused on gauging your individual feelings and having the ability to bounce back from any challenge or situation. Everyone needs different amounts of time to regain themselves and find ways to move forward, because healing is often not a linear journey. There are waves of healing, pain, and challenge that all coincide with each other, by entering and exiting. One way that I have used to train my sense of mental and emotional strength, is to reflect and get to know yourself more.

Take a moment and think about what makes YOU feel strong?  Is it the people in your life, your personality, the world around you, etc?  The important people and parts of your life that make you feel this inner power, are where you can begin to channel your energy and vibe. You get to decide what works best for you, and only YOU can plan what path you take. Regardless of the situations that arise and come into your life, you get to decide when you want to move forward and the time that you need. Find the people that you can lean on, and remember that you are capable of overcoming anything. There will be times when you won’t realize how strong you are, and the inner power will challenge you to rise up and encourage you to strive and thrive.

“Strength does not come from what you can do, but it comes from overcoming the things that you once thought you couldn’t”. Strength is within and with that, your aura will radiate outwards to others. Whether you need someone to talk to or take time for yourself, know that you are strong and resilient.