3 Simple Strategies That Can Make You Mentally Stronger

Use negative visualization, practice voluntary discomfort, and live with little.

Patrik Edblad
2 min readOct 28, 2022


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1. Use Negative Visualization

This is a mental technique in which you deliberately envision the worst possible outcomes in your life.

  • When you wake up, remind yourself that this might be your last day alive.
  • When you leave your home, imagine what it would be like to lose it.
  • When you see a friend, remind yourself that this might be the last time.

Obviously, you don’t want to ruminate endlessly on things like this.

But a few seconds of negative visualization sprinkled throughout your days can be immensely beneficial.

It will give you a much deeper appreciation for the blessings in your life.

And it will make you much better prepared for when disaster strikes.

2. Practice Voluntary Hardship

This is a practice where you deliberately put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

The practice can take any shape you want, but here are some ideas you can use as inspiration:



Patrik Edblad

I write about timeless ideas and science-backed strategies to feel great and perform at your very best. Get more from me at https://www.patrikedblad.com