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Do you ever come across someone, and after spending some time with them, your first thought is, “Wow, what a confident person!”? Like they ooze self-confidence. In today’s post, we are going to talk about what mentally strong people do and what they don’t do.

It’s not just that they are confident or that they have mental toughness or a strong mind. But they have this incredible mental strength that sets them apart from the rest. But what gives them that mental strength?

19 things mentally strong people do

In order to become mentally strong, we have to understand some of their habits. I have listed 19 here, but there are probably a million more. I found these 19 to be pretty important and actually quite easy to adopt, like right now!

And then I want to list a few things mentally strong people don’t do. You’re gonna love that one.

In no particular order of importance, here they are:

1. They aren’t set back by past mistakes

Mentally strong people try things and challenge themselves. They aren’t sure if something will work the first try and they’re ok with that. They’ll keep at it until they either come up with a better plan or realize it simply won’t work and move on to something else.

And they’re ok with that too!! They also don’t let their past mistakes deter them from trying new things and new ways.

2. They take big risks

They realize they may have to take risks, really big risks, in order to achieve something, and they will.

It’s not that they aren’t afraid of taking risks or stepping out of their comfort zone, they just realize that it is something they MUST do in order to attain/learn/achieve something.

They know that taking risks also brings about new opportunities too! Embrace change is their motto!

3. Take responsibility for their actions

Not everything works, and they aren’t right all the time, and sometimes they mess up. They know this. They aren’t perfect.

They will admit to wrongdoings and take full responsibility for a situation if it was their fault.

4. Look at the whole picture

They will take a situation or issue and see both sides of the problem before they make a decision or form an opinion. They are not quick to judge or throw a fit.

They will take a step back and look at the whole picture before reaching a conclusion or resolution.

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5. Practice kindness

If someone is being mean, rude, or ignorant to them, or anyone else for that matter, they won’t lash back with the same rudeness. They will kill someone with kindness, smile, and walk away.

They know that hate doesn’t cure hate; love does. Mentally strong people know this. They can control their emotions in tough situations.

6. They’re not afraid to ask for help

In order to have great mental strength, you will know when you have to swallow your pride and either ask for help or admit you’re wrong. Swallowing your pride is a great character trait for many people and something you should practice doing so more often.

People will tend to have more respect for you when you can do this. Not only that, but when we have the right support systems in place, we all win!

7. Don’t quit when the going gets tough

Let’s face it, we all have moments where we want to throw in the towel and walk away from something that is causing us too much frustration. One of the most important things mentally strong people do is ‘not quit or give up’.

They keep at it and learn what they need to in order to move ahead. Remember, not everything is going to go our way. And that’s ok.

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8. They set firm boundary lines

They have no problem setting a strong and firm boundary line around themselves.

They know it’s totally ok to say no to others and yes to themselves. They aren’t people pleasers. They are wise and self-respecting. They know that their mental health and happiness come first before anyone else’s.

And they don’t put up with anyone’s crap, even if it’s a family member.

9. Help others succeed

They know life isn’t a competition, and the only person they are in competition with is the person they were yesterday. They understand that we are all in this together and there is great strength in numbers.

They want others to succeed, too! We all remember our first failure and what it feels like. The achievements of others truly make them happy and bring them great joy.

They cheer people on, lift them up, encourage them, and do whatever it takes to help another person. We celebrate other people’s success with them!

10. They practice gratitude daily

They know. They know how vital daily gratitude is. They remember to stop and take a look around them to see how blessed they truly are.

Whether they journal their gratitude daily or do gratitude meditations, or simply whisper to God or the Universe, “thank you,” they make sure to do it each and every day.

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11. They leave the past behind

Mentally strong people know they won’t succeed in life, in any area of life, if they drag their past and all the negative emotions that go with it into the present and future. For many of us, our pasts are pretty ugly.

Instead, they will deal with the demons from the past any way they can and let them go. They know the past has no place in their life right now.

12. Forgive the people who hurt them

They don’t hold grudges, anger, resentment or any other ill feelings towards the people who hurt them. Like the past (and leaving it behind), they know it’s important to let go of all hurt and anger in order to move forward.

Mentally strong people don’t become strong by holding onto grudges. They let it all go and move on.

13. Take some alone time

Self-reflection and peace are super important to them. Whether they want to take time and sit quietly or take themselves on a solo road trip, mentally strong people make sure to pencil in some alone time.

Being with friends, family, and loved ones is great, but it’s so important to decompress and recharge away from all the chatter and noise.

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14. Continue their education

They know learning is important and take any opportunity to learn new things, no matter how hard it is.

Whether they are going to University to get a degree or taking an online course to learn programming or maybe even another language, mentally strong people embrace learning.

15. Practice compassion and have empathy

Life is tough for so many of us, not to mention that the past two years really hit some of us super hard. People who are mentally strong understand this and know what tough times feel like.

They show compassion and great empathy for people going through hard times now. And they do it with grace.

16. They maintain their integrity

Mentally strong people will honor their word, respect others, treat others kindly, and maintain their integrity.

Integrity is important to them as it is their business card, if you will. It is one of the admiral things people will notice about them.

17. Work on their weaknesses

They know their weaknesses. They also know how to learn and grow from them. Someone who has great mental strength will take the time to work on their weakness.

We all have strengths and weaknesses, and though you may not strengthen all of yours before you die, at least try to make a big difference.

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18. Drop bad habits

Whether it be smoking, drinking, biting your nails, eating bad food, or whatever it is, mentally strong people will definitely take time to work on dropping their bad habits.

Having unhealthy habits is fairly normal and common. We practically all have one, but the detrimental ones need to be worked on. And a mentally strong person will do that.

19. Accept People As they Are-No Judging

We are all equal and deserve to be treated equally, with respect and compassion/kindness. We are all battling demons no one knows about.

A mentally strong person doesn’t judge or point fingers at anyone. They give respect to everyone they meet and accept people for exactly who they are, as they are.

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Here are a few things that helped me become stronger

  • guided meditations to release anger and fear
  • journaled about gratitude
  • listened to motivational speakers
  • wrote out my feelings to release them
  • practiced saying no to people
  • stopped sweating all the small stuff

6 things mentally strong people don’t do!

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I thought you might like this list too.

  • gossip
  • judge
  • belittle others
  • get angry over little things
  • give up
  • lie

Those are just a few things, though I’m sure there are a million more things mentally strong people don’t do. Don’t worry if you do any of those things. You can change all that!

Like starting today, the worst thing that will happen is that you do nothing and stay the same. Put in a little bit of hard work on your own mental strength journey, and I promise you it won’t waste time at all, and it will be time well spent!!!

ox iva xo


Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

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