The pandemic has sure been stressful, and there’s a new online program in Alexandria that was founded by former U.S. navy SEALs to help folks become mentally tough.
Chriss Smith, Jr., who also owns Trident Crossfit (410 Calvert Avenue), was a member of the SEALs for a dozen years, and has gone from toning bodies to toning minds. Smith has 12 strategies to help customers not only cope with stress, but to thrive under pressure. In June, he and a number of former SEALs, intelligence officers and neuroscientists launched Trident Mindset, a step-by-step year-long mental toughness program.
“We define mental toughness is the ability to be calm, effective and happy during any situation,” Smith told ALXnow. “Whether you’re experiencing high stress, fatigue, pain, setback, failure, loss, any type of challenge, we think that to become mentally tough is to be able to be calm, effective and happy during adversity.”
The program, which costs $39 per month for a regular membership and $499 for an intense mentorship experience, is intended to make clients resilient to fear and stress with 12-step program that includes establishing micro goals, breathing control, stoicism, meditation, mindfulness and visualization.
“Most people fail because they let they listen to that voice in the back of their head saying, ‘Stop, this hurts. This is suffering. I don’t want to go any further. I don’t do the hard things in life,'” Smith said. “That voice is very loud for them. Mental Toughness gives you an opportunity to quiet that voice and listen to the voice inside that says you can do tough things, you can accomplish many things.”
Smith said that his program is intended to create a long lasting change in his clients.
“”We’re not about making you feel good for five minutes while you’re using the program, and then going back to normal life, ” Smith said. “We’re about creating a profound paradigm shift in the way that you view and relate to challenge. Now you’re someone who thrives during challenge rather than someone who becomes bothered by it and anxious and overwhelmed.”
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA