All of us are stronger than we realize. We find ways to rise above challenges we never imagined facing.
Our mental and physical strength are interconnected. When we practice doing things to build and test the limits of our physical endurance we can our increase mental stamina and resilience. In yoga, we call this “finding your edge”— the point where you are physically and mentally challenged, but able to find balance and ease.
Finding your edge mentally means developing your focus and perseverance in a difficult and uncomfortable poses. It means not giving up, ignoring when your mind tells you “I can’t” when actually your body actually can.
Finding your edge physically means pushing yourself so that you are challenged in the pose, but not risking injury or exhaustion.
Whether it’s through yoga, running, or any other physical activity, finding your edge means getting out of your comfort zone. If your practice is too easy, you won’t grow and progress. As you work to find your edge, you become aware of self-imposed limitations and can let them go.
Now more than ever is the time to tap into your inner strength and build resilience. Working to find your edge can help you access feelings of power to offset feelings of helplessness, or fear, and doubt.
Dr. Lisa Napolitano is an expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based treatments. A licensed psychologist in New York and Florida, she is the Founder and Director of CBT/DBT Associates, a boutique psychology practice group. Dr. Napolitano is an expert in the treatment of stress, anxiety, worry, and emotion regulation problems. She has specifically designed her treatment approach for executives, attorneys, and other high-functioning individuals whom she believes shouldn’t have to sacrifice their careers to manage their stress and work on developing their potential.