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Mental Fitness 101

Fundamental skills for building better mental health and fitness so you can swim through uncertainty in life.

We wouldn't expect somebody that doesn't do cardiovascular exercise to have great endurance. And if somebody had never learned to swim, we wouldn't label them as having a drowning disorder if they struggled in water. But with mental health, for some reason, we expect it to magically be perfect without any work or regular exercise. And that's just not how bodies and brains work. So here's your introduction to the concepts and skills of mental fitness. It's time to practice lifting heavy emotions, improving cognitive flexibility, and building the endurance to do the things that will actually make you happy and healthy.


Develop the skills and abilities to accept uncertainty.
Through live and animated videos, text-based lessons, and a series of homework exercises, Mark takes the fundamental concepts and practices he typically covers with clients during the first month of working together and packs them into a single course.


Start a regular meditation and mindfulness practice.
Through short exercises, Mark explains how to incorporate meditation into your busy day. You'll get a sample schedule and audio guides for a month of meditation practice, along with tips on turning daily activities into mindful experiences instead of moments to practice distraction.


Understand compulsions that fuel anxiety and stress.
Explore how the things we do to cope with, check on, and control uncertainty, only fuel more uncertainty, anxiety, and other feelings we don't like. Learn how to set healthy goals and cut out judgments—the fuel for so much stress!



Access personalized tips and advice.
Ask Mark questions and tap into his experience helping people from around the world build better mental health and fitness. Email Mark images of your homework exercises to get suggestions on overcoming challenges and expanding your skills.



Your Instructor


Mark Freeman
Mark Freeman

Mark is an author, recovery coach, and design thinking workshop facilitator. He is a Stanford MedX ePatient Scholar, the Editor of Everybody has a Brain (blog, videos), and the former Executive Director of the Self-Help Resource Centre. And he has a brain—although it took him many years of struggling with mental illnesses to realize that. With the help of a great therapist and by applying behavioral therapy techniques throughout his life, Mark overcame the mental illnesses he was dealing with and has been compulsion free for over 5 years. He now devotes his time and energy to helping people navigate the complex changes necessary to build and maintain great mental health.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What types of mental illnesses is this course helpful for?

This course is for mental health and fitness, not mental illness. It's not intended as a replacement for therapy, nor is it meant to treat a problem of any kind. It's about building skills and strengths.

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It's a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
For as long as you have a brain. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I'm unhappy with the course?

If you're unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within 30 days of purchasing and I'll give you a full refund. Before signing up for the course, I strongly recommend you visit my YouTube channel if you're unfamiliar with the work I do: https://www.youtube.com/everybodyhasabrain

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