I see improving our emotional and mental fitness NO different to our physical fitness goals. There is an exercise term known as 'plateauing', which means that there will be little or no progression as our muscles become used to the levels of training loads. If progression is no longer a goal, then maintenance and the same workout or similar will be all that's required. However, like in all aspects of our health and well being, if there is still the desire for further improvements then a change to the prescription will be required and an element of 'overload' is needed. This change will initially be uncomfortable and a bit painful as we are challenged with a new regime. From an exercise perspective, joints may protest a little bit, muscles may scream and burn, and muscle soreness will invariably follow. It's unrealistic to expect a different result whilst keeping on doing what we have always done. It's also important to get to know our own limits, in the exercise industry it's known as reaching our 'ceiling' at which point we have to pay particular attention to not pushing past that.
Part of finding any sort of balance in all walks of our lives is knowing when to keep going and when to pull back or even stop, and the only way to attempt this is of course by acting out what we have learned through our own experiences, albeit ones we are conscious of or not. If you're not getting the results you want in any aspects of your health? Then keep seeking, exploring and learning until the right external and internal mix is achieved. It may mean trying and falling and trying again, but there will be a solution out there somewhere, it just needs to be found.
Carla is a Registered Exercise professional and life coach.