V is for Vigilance in Choosing Healthy Life Habits

 “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”– Mark Twain

We all know that a healthy body is important, but being vigilant with our mental health can significantly benefit our overall health and life experience. When we learn to manage our emotions, thoughts and behaviors we can become mentally strong as well as physically strong.

This is a powerful combination and can impact our lives in positive empowering ways, so how do we learn healthy mental habits? I recently read “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”  by psychotherapist, Amy Moring who writes that genetics, personality, and life experiences all play a role in our mental strength. She has come up with a list of things mentally strong people “don’t do” which helps begin the practices of having mental strengths.

  1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
  2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
  3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change
  4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
  5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
  6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
  7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
  8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
  9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
  10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
  11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
  12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
  13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results

Being vigilant with your mental health can make you an overall healthier and happier person. By becoming aware of the little habits in your daily life, you can choose to change some things that may be sabotaging your mental strength. Take a moment to recognize things from the above list that you may be doing and would be willing to change through the power of “vigilance”.

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About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™).If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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