CHAPTER 3MOVING TOWARDS REAL STRENGTH

We’ve talked about how you might be feeling right now and why; what happens in our brains when we hit a tough patch and how this translates into behaviour. We also understand how, if we employ unhealthy coping strategies again and again – if we make a habit out of dwelling or venting or numbing – then these become learnt behaviours. Our brains literally tell us to go down these well-trodden paths. But we can learn different behaviours and go down different paths! Ones that increase our feelings of security and strength. In short, when it comes to building real strength, we’re in charge. So how can we prepare ourselves? How do we actually lay down the foundations for real strength?

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