Mental training is a hot topic in the field of sports psychology and many athletes – including runners, climbers, and team sports players – use mental training to boost their composure, focus, and ability to react quickly.
We’ve all heard those stories about remarkable mental toughness, like the survival stories of victims of abuse or those fleeing war. My personal favorite mental toughness story at the moment is that of the Syrian teenage girl and swimmer Yusra Mardini. When the dinghy she was in with 20 other people threatened to collapse, Yursa jumped into the water and pulled the dinghy through the turbulent waters of the Aegean sea.
You can practice survival skills like food utilization, finding water, and emergency first aid but, unless you are mentally prepared, these skills aren’t going to do you a bit of good. Unfortunately, mental preparedness usually gets put on the backburner.