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3 Traits That Make for Better Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

When we think about being healthy, most of us think about our physical well-being. We think about our weight, our hearts, or our general comfort. But there is a lot more to our wellness than the way that our bodies work. A huge part of our overall wellness is in the mind. When our mental health suffers, we suffer as a whole. If you’re interested in keeping yourself mentally fit (and you should be!), take a look at these three traits that need to developed and utilized in everyday life.

Patience

One of the best things that can be developed for mental health is some patience. When we’re impatient, we have to have things right now in order to be happy, but that’s not the way the world works. Acquiring things or achieving goals takes time and effort, and without patience, that process feels long and uncomfortable. Practice a little patience in everyday life, and long-term mental health will be far better off.

Perseverance

This is that old stick to it attitude that we all need. If mental wellness is suffering, you may need some help from a professional. But if you go to one session with a counselor and then give up, that help will be of no use. In order to protect and enhance mental health, it's necessary to develop a little perseverance. Once a goal has been set, stick with it! Chip away at it until it's been met. Without this attitude, tasks will feel much more difficult and that important perception of life may slip into a much more negative view.

A Sense of Humor

It’s necessary. Everyone has to be able to laugh at themselves. When you do something stupid (and we all do!), it's crucial to be able to laugh it off and move on. If you’re the kind that dwells on silly actions and frets over what others are thinking about it, more stress and poor mental health are most certainly in the future. Gain a sense of humor about yourself, and enhanced mental health will be much easier to attain for an entire lifetime.

The truth is that developing these key traits is not easy. You’ll have to work for it, but the end results for mental health and life will be well worth it. If you need help, always seek out a professional to get moving in the right direction. Your mental health matters so much, so protect yourself and feel better now and long into the future.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. 

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