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 Do You Notice That Some People Seem To Just Keep Going No Matter What ?
BDy Dr. Sunita Punjabi
uring challenging times, mental
toughness makes a huge
difference in mental well-being. Mental toughness is defined by an individual’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting. Our patterns of thinking are habits. Our ways of feeling, acting and thinking are actually neuronal networks. Like a computer, our brain has programs, patterns that it runs from everything thing we think. What we think becomes ways of feeling, which eventually creates the actions we take. In summary patterned ways of thinking are programs that cause the ways we act.
One can describe mindset as both the pre-cursor to behavior and the explanation for much behavior.
Secondly, research and case studies from around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in most of the important outcomes for individuals and
• Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals.
Mentally tough people deliver more, work more purposefully, show translates into better output, delivery on time and on target and better attendance.
• Wellbeing – more contented.
Mentally tough people show better stress management, better attendance, are less likely to develop mental health issues, sleep better and are less prone to bullying. They can take stress in their stride.
• Positive Behavior – more engaged.
Mental tough people are more positive, have more “can do”, respond positively to change and adversity, show better attendance, more likely contribute to a positive culture and accept responsibility and to volunteer for new opportunities and activities.
• Openness to Learning – more aspirational.
Mentally tough people are more ambitious and prepared to manage more risk.
Most people do not know that mental toughness is a mental pattern of thought that needs to be chose. The default to mental toughness is usually automatic responses of our past. This changes when we choose to not have automatic responses but instead we have to make these thought choices more than once. Research, in the field neuroplasticity can take 2-3 years.
The good news: we can speed up this process? Neurofeedback is process of training the brain, using the brain’s natural methods for growing. Check out link below to learn more about plasticity of the brain.
   strength and fortitude.
“Both have them have taught me that I
am the only one who can create my future,” Riana said.
Riana will attend Texas A&M in the fall, a university she has dreamed of attending since she was nine years old. She plans to study Veterinary Science or Microbiology. Riana’s soccer career will end after she graduates from Johnson, but she will always be grateful for her time as a student athlete.
“I’ve learned discipline, balance, and I’ve made so many memories,” said Riana. “Because of soccer, I’m a part of an amazing group of friends that I love so much.”
year with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year fundraising campaign. Across San Antonio, 10 students will be competing in their fundraising efforts for Student of the Year.
The captain(s) of each team that raises the most funds during the 7-week timeframe will be 2021 Student of the Year. Kickoff date is January 8th, 2021, and the grand finale celebration is February 27th, 2021. On the final day, the community comes together to celebrate the difference each team has made and to announce Student of the Year.
Promotion Physical Therapy will be working alongside Avery Stephens from Clark High School, supporting her team, Avery’s Avengers. Their main focus for funds will go towards blood cancer research, patient services, education, and advocacy. Avery’s Avengers’ goal is at least $50,000 by February 27th. The team hosted a virtual/ physical 5k in early January, those who participated received a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society t-shirt.
The Student of the Year’s organization honored local hero, Jaden Leihsing. In Bulverde, TX this little fighter is going through chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His twin sister,
Emma, along with many others are praying for a full recovery.
If interested in finding out more about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year, visit StudentsoftheYear. org. For more information about Avery’s Avengers, visit their Facebook page, AverysAvengerslls.
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   Outstanding Johnson High School Athlete
Riana Arias
RBy Alissa Reinhard
iana Arias, a senior at Johnson High School, is a four-year varsity athlete and soccer standout. Riana has
been playing for soccer for 8 years.
“I’m proud that I was able to be a part of the varsity soccer program for all my four years of high school,” Riana said. “As the years have continued, our traditions are always something I have looked forward to. Everyone in the program plays to win so it
has made my experience even better.”
In addition to playing for the Jaguars, Riana also plays club soccer. Riana now
leads the Johnson team as captain.
“I’m trying the best that I can to keep our traditions alive as much as possible with COVID-19 and our competitive spirt high,”
Riana said.
Riana loves the competitiveness of the
game of soccer. She also enjoys being a part of a team that works so well together.
“It’s a rush, but also a very satisfying and blissful thing to be a part of,” Riana said.
Riana’s goal this season is to help her team place first in districts and win regionals. She plans to give it her all.
“These goals seem hard to achieve, but that’s the fun of it,” Riana explained.
Off the field, Riana is part of the Art Honors program. She recently received an honorable mention at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event.
“Art has always been a hobby of mine,” Riana said. “It’s such a fun escape.
Riana is inspired by her grandmothers. Her paternal grandmother was born into poverty in Guatemala. She fought for citizenship, worked hard and traveled back and forth to see and provide for her family, all while caring for her children. Riana’s maternal grandmother’s commitment to education and family also has taught Riana
Promotion Physical Therapy Partners with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s
Student of the Year
y Tracy Peters
  ith locations throughout San Antonio, Promotion Physical Therapy has partnered this
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also plays club soccer and is a co-founder of Reagan’s Environmental Honor Society Club. Academically, Chloe is currently studying hard for her AP exams.
As a female student athlete, Chloe explains that it takes hard work, balance,
and strength to succeed.
“You cannot let people walk all over
you,” Chloe said. “You have to take initiative, and if someone tries to speak over you, raise your voice. Hold your head up high and keep your confidence!”
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