Just like you need physical fitness to meet your body's demands, you need psychological fitness to meet the mental, emotional, and behavioral demands of life.
The unsettling truth is that stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, digestive problems, or "lifestyle illnesses" including high blood pressure and diabetes plague a majority of us, and the tools and skills we need to prevent or fix these problems elude most of us. Life today is way more stressful than it was a generation ago, and unless you're in the right psychological condition, you won't perform at your best, you'll have real trouble making sustainable changes and achieving your goals, and you probably won't fully engage in and enjoy your life.
Psychological fitness is the term I use to describe
- the psychological strength you need to cope with the challenges of life,
- the mental and energetic endurance you need to pursue your goals,
- and the power and flexibility you need to make changes in yourself, your lifestyle or your life.
We can build Psychological Fitness!
Just like we build physical fitness with exercises that target our body's muscles, we build psychological fitness with exercises that target our "psychological muscles". When we strengthen those muscles, we can draw on them whenever they're needed; to help us meet life's toughest challenges, or to help us achieve our most meaningful goals.
Over the last few decades, advances in neuroscience have revealed that we have the capacity to change ourselves at the cellular level. This ability to change ourselves is called neuroplasticity, and its discovery has been a game-changer for the behavioral sciences. We used to believe that people can't really change too much, but now we understand that we actually have a tremendous capacity to change our brains and our behavior, and therefore, our lives!
Psychological Fitness Training™ uses the power of neuroplasticity to build our psychological muscles. Based on over 25 years of personal and professional experience, I identified 5 key practices that can strengthen our psychological muscles and therefore increase our psychological fitness. They are:
When practiced regularly, these exercises change us at the cellular level and unlock our capacity to:
- manage, and even thrive through stress,
- experience improved wellness and well-being,
- gain confidence and conquer self-criticism,
- build grit and resilience,
- experience the power of emotional freedom,
- neutralize negativity,
- change our habits,
- sharpen our focus,
- tap into our creativity,
- and more!
And as a bonus, these same practices improve bottom-line benchmarks like health, productivity, relationships, performance and everyone's true ultimate goal - happiness and fulfillment!
Ready to start training?
6 Weeks to Psychological Fitness is a free online Psychological Fitness Training™ program.
This program includes 6-weeks of streamable daily video “workouts” that teach you the 5 key psychological fitness practices. Each class is only about 15 minutes – so you can build your psychological fitness quickly and easily.
I hand-selected behavioral science's most effective strategies and adapted them into simple exercises - mostly involving specific methods of breathing and reflection - and I show you EXACTLY how to practice them to strengthen and even transform yourself at the neurobiological level. That means the changes you make can get wired right into your brain.
Just follow my directions as I lead you in practical, but proven, breathing, thinking and reflection exercises, and get psychologically fit!
You’ll learn strategies to manage stress, create a daily mindfulness practice, work with the “scary” stuff like thoughts and emotions, to become more positive, and to experience the surprising but scientifically supported rewards of compassion.
Science has proven that we’re capable of changing ourselves at the cellular level, and this program is designed to tap into that astonishing capacity.
Testimonials for 6-Weeks to Psychological Fitness
“I have to say that I have always been reticent to try anything that involves any amount of quiet reflection. My thoughts have always been my enemies and saboteurs. I am pleasantly surprised that, after only a few sessions of the training, I have been much more comfortable with being in a quiet space. Not that I look forward to them, mind you, but I am not so full of dread when the TV is off. I have also found that any anxiety I feel has been more fleeting and much more manageable. I am only half-way through the program at this point and am really enjoying my time with Michelle. She is a real person who talks in real life terms. I feel like she is talking to me as opposed to performing for me. Thank you!” Jacque McGinn, Delmar, New York
“People stand to benefit a lot if they take the time to listen and try out your suggestions. What a wonderful sharing of tools to help people flourish more in their life.” Selena Balick CPCC Delmar, NY
“Michelle provides a well thought out sequence of information and practices which build upon each other beautifully. Each segment has an immediately practical and useful application. With clarity, gentleness and buoyancy, Michelle Marks and her Bootcamp help move participants towards learning, understanding and applying new skills. Specifically in regards to how awareness and care of one’s own biology can help establish empowering skills towards learning how to become and remain sensitive to and accountable for regulating one's own physical and emotional well-being…. As a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, a body worker and a person who has been practicing meditation and who has also been in therapy for over 26 years, I am particularly enthused about how this program encourages understanding about and awareness of how the central nervous system works. These are personally empowering explorations.” Genet, Adirondacks, New York