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Developing Mental Toughness for SEAL


Many times we hear words like ‘I’m too tired’ or ‘extremely stressed out’ or even like ‘on the verge of death’. Why are people so weak in handling the pressures of life? Is life really so tough? Isn’t life same to all, we mean the odds and difficulties, the juggle between life ambitions, realities, families, responsibilities and roles? It’s all in the mind. The way we handle and perceive things, decide the kind of life we live. If we think too much about the things that never are under our control, that’s the stress we are inviting, for unnecessary reasons.

So, staying strong at all times is essential for a healthy and happy living. Only such strong people can create a change in the world, can strive for a better tomorrow or can think beyond boundaries. The army officers, naval officers, special warfare officers and air chief officers that we see on TV or live, are strong as steel and hence they can serve the nation with so much care. Had they succumbed to such weaknesses, we wouldn’t be living and enjoying freedom as much as we do today. For those who need to tune up like them, then you need to train your mind.

Keep aside your fears and uncertainty from ruining your mission of reaching high. Here is a compilation of tips to keep you emotionally strong, as conveyed by one of the instructors of the SEAL training.
SEAL training is one of the highest levels of physical and mental training one can try at, to become a conquering person with high motives and great mental and physical power. To be there, gearing for the training, one must need certain levels of fitness both inside and out, and you must take a beginner or bridge course for SEAL. Read below few tips and suggestions on making up your mind to stay strong.

Breathe Deep:

Any stress and any levels of stress can be managed via deep breathing. Mental and emotional stress and the physical stress can be controlled by taking few deep breaths, that is controlled and deeper. According to yoga, this type of breathing is named as Pranayama and it helps in relieving stress, anxiety, fear and helps in concentrating better. Doing it every day helps you immensely, especially in the early morning hours, as soon as you wake up when your mind is free from burdens and thoughts of responsibilities. Breathing has the power to control your flight response, allowing the body to function normally under any circumstances, without getting irritated, overjoyed or stressed. Every time you breathe keep saying positive things to the mind, signal positivity and see the dramatic changes that your body will undergo in the next few minutes.






Visualisations of positive nature have a positive impact on self. Example, whatever might be the reason, like a small stage talk, visualise yourself as being bold and strong talking in a way that the audience applauds you, this works wonders for you when you actually hit the stage.

It is visualising an event before it happens, in a way that we want it to go. It’s no wonder that’s the reason many athletes use the same technique before the big day. Try this every time you have an important assignment or task or camp. Project yourself as achieving the task, achieving an important life goal, like completing the SEAL training. The self-confidence that the mind gets from this and your strength will surely make you a winner.

Talk positively to self:

Yes, this is very important. If you don’t do, who else will? Give attention to the energy inside you.

Keep small goals:

Negative thoughts are no wonder there to everyone. But, combating them with positive word and talks will help. When your mind is in state of confusion and giving up, say to yourself, talk to yourself that  ‘there is nothing impossible, until you quit’; ‘never give up’, or even like the naval talks use phrases like ‘

Feeling good like a diva’, ‘Live the moment, or stay in moment’ etc. something that brightens up your mind. Goals are many types, but keeping attainable and sustainable goals will only lead to success.

For example, if you are waking up by 6 in the morning, then making it 5.45 the next day can be an achievable goal, compared to 4.30.
So break up your goals and keep them small, so that mind can concentrate and train itself easily.


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