Healthy Habits of The Mind

Mental health is considered the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. A community of mentally healthy individuals is therefore empowered, productive, and resilient.

Promoting mental health covers a variety of strategies, which aims to have
positive impact on mental health. It involves actions that create living conditions and environments to support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Here are certain healthy habits of the mind you should consider taking up:

  • Persisting – Stick to it! Persevering in task through to completion; remaining focused. Looking for ways to reach your goal when stuck. Not giving up.
  • Managing Impulsivity – Take your time! Thinking before acting; remaining calm, thoughtful and deliberative.
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy – Understand Others! Devoting mental energy to another person’s thoughts and ideas. Make an effort to perceive another’s point of view and emotions.
  • Thinking Flexibly – Look at it another way! Being able to change perspectives, generate alternatives, consider options.
  • Thinking about your Thinking – Know your knowing! Being aware of your own thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions and their effects on others.
  • Striving for Accuracy – Check it again! Always doing your best. Setting high standards. Checking and findings ways to improve constantly.
  • Questioning and Problems Posing – How do you know? Having a questioning attitude; knowing what data are needed and developing questioning strategies to produce those data. Finding problems to solve.
  • Applying past knowledge to New Situations – Use what you learn! Accessing prior knowledge; transferring knowledge beyond the situation in which it was learned.
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision – Be clear! Striving for accurate communication in both written and oral form; avoiding over generalizations, distortions, deletions and exaggerations.
  • Gather Data through All Senses – Use your natural pathways! Pay attention to the world around you. Gather data through all the senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight.
  • Imagining & Creating – Try a different way! Generating new and novel ideas, fluency, originality.
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe – Have fun figuring it out! Finding the world awesome, mysterious and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.
  • Taking Responsible Risks – Venture out! Being adventuresome; living on the edge of one’s competence. Try new things constantly.
  • Finding Humor – Laugh a little! Finding the whimsical, incongruous and unexpected. Being able to laugh at oneself.
  • Thinking Interdependently – Work together! Being able to work in and learn from others in reciprocal situations. Team Work.
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning – I have so much more to learn! Having humility and pride when admitting we don’t know, resisting complacency.

Take a small step everyday towards feeling better, thinking better. Love yourself. Be conscious of your thoughts. Take Care.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. JanBeek says:

    This is an excellent, helpful list. I need to print it out and put it on my refrigerator! I’ll try to repost it, also. Everyone should read and heed these ideas. Thank you for posting them.

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    1. PB says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it. Mind is the most powerful thing humans have.

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  2. Excellent habits to adopt … that is … if the subconscious does not get in the way!

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    1. Garima says:

      The subconscious is in your control. It’s a part of you. Change of behaviour takes time and perseverance and persistence. Keep on working on the subconscious.

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  3. edgarone2 says:

    That’s a long list. Follow one at a time?

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes 😁. Start with the one you like the most or which you think is the easiest. Good Luck and have fun.

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  4. MBBlissett says:

    In terms of pragmatic things to do, meditation is one, journaling is another and having good real world relationships and friendships are all good tenets. Not easy for all, but essential. Getting outside helps as well if you’re stuck for strategies to get past a low point.

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    1. Garima says:

      Having a routine is basic. “A lack of routine is just a breeding ground for perpetual procrastination. It gives us gaps and spaces in which our subconscious minds can say: “well, you can take a break now,” when in fact, you have a deadline. But if you’re used to taking a break at that point in time, you’ll allow it simply because “you always do.”

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      1. MBBlissett says:

        My routines are important to keep me productive. My writing doesn’t happen from circumstance or luck.

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  5. RPR says:

    Productive list, r u a doctor?

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes I am :). I am an internal medicine specialist.

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      1. RPR says:

        Ohhh.. Good morning doctor!!
        I never knew never asked, but there has been so many medical language involved and the confidence of yours in the information, realized me that u may b a doctor. 🙂

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