How to Develop a Healthy Mindset and Live a Happy Life

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Now, talking about mindset, I think I’m in a good position to give you some tips after overcoming odd asperities. Looking back, it’s funny how my friends say, “That happened?!” years after my struggles were finished!

When I talk about mindset, I remember the times my friends check on me asking if I’m handling myself okay. And I was there sitting, “Uhm, yeah?” wondering what should be wrong with me. “Should I not be okay?” Lol. I honestly think that my friends and I weren’t on the same page, but I’m grateful for their concern.

And I guess over the years, I’ve built a strong mindset for myself.

As one of my favorite proverbs goes, “If there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” This one’s on point.

With a strong and positive mindset, people learn how to use their faculties to the fullest. We soon know which ones to prioritize, and recognize which ones truly matter in our lives.

A strong mindset can help you:

  • attain your goals
  • harness peace
  • gain self-assurance
  • and be confident

That said, I’d love to share with you some healthy mindset tips and habits to keep yourself from self-doubt, and self-criticism. 

How to Develop a Healthy Mindset and Live a Happy Life

How to have a healthy mindset? Here are some habits and tips that I personally live with. Hope this can make a change in your life, too! 

Make your problems feel little with a good mind setting! Let’s go:

1. Love the idea of growth – both for you and people.

Growth happens at a micro-level. I’ve been conscious – really conscious – every time I learn something new. Nothing excites me more than gaining new experience or knowledge about what I’m interested in. Regardless if it is 0.00001% growth.

Whether you learned to video edit or fried an egg for the first time – you must be proud because that’s growth!

And while a healthy mindset covers our personal ways of thinking, it doesn’t necessarily surround us alone. Show concern about others, too. Appreciate them when they win at life, too, and disregard competition.

Help your friends rise. Celebrate their milestones. 

The right mindset is to love yourself, but also love how people around you grow and progress.

2. Always visualize the big picture, but also zoom in and love the process.

Do you want to lose weight, write a book, or build a business? I must tell you, dreams and ambitions can come true. As long as you envision it, there can be a way to do it.

Like Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

But while vision is important, you must also zoom in and watch the world unfold around you. Love the process even when it’s boring. 

No well-established business is built overnight and no author wrote his novel in a day. Building your goals can be boring at times – again, it’s BORING at times – but it’s part of the process. Have the vision, yet don’t forget to recalibrate your eyes to the challenges and workload in front of you, in the present time.

3. Eat healthy foods.

Healthy foods build a healthy body, we know that. From that, it affects all the way up to our mental health.

Have a balanced diet that contains carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and fats. Also, drink lots of water. You may want to cut off on salty and oily foods to avoid any possible kidney and heart diseases. It’s better to live with a body that doesn’t ache, right?

4. Never let a week pass without doing anything you love.

Living is a priority.

If you’re an extrovert, then gathering people to live in the moment with you can be quite a breeze. If you’re an introvert, add some creative hobbies to your schedule. Just don’t let days pass without spending any time on what you love.

And if your 9-5 job feels emptying and exhausting, maybe it’s time to change careers. Ideally, you can transition to a job you love. Many people don’t think it’s possible, yet working in a job you want is achievable. If you have the courage, that is.

Years ago, I have worked and quit several jobs. While I know I need to earn significant money and handle responsibilities, my previous works left me with a dry soul. My old jobs killed me over and over every day, and it’s the worst. Having a healthy mindset doesn’t even work there. I’ve exhausted the self-help books I could find and nothing seemed to work.

Truth is, having a healthy mindset doesn’t mean you can put up with such soul-sucking situations. But it also means you know when to leave and have the courage to walk a different path and save yourself.

A strong mindset includes steel courage. 

5. Standing up initiates your working mode.

This may be a healthy mindset habit for you. Did you know that standing up while working can boost your productivity?

study with call center employees shows that using standing desks raised their productivity by up to 46%. 

How does this affect your mindset? Obviously, standing up puts you in work mode. On the other hand, sitting all day puts you in rest mode. When standing, you tend to lean on taking action rather than imagining a faraway success.

In my case, I work from home. I’m a living witness to how strong the temptation of idle work is. Once I sit on my chair, I do whatever I don’t need and keep on finding ways to waste my hours!

So for goodness sake, reward yourself with a standing desk!

6. Don’t be too attached.

As I see it, being attached to money, a person, or any object leads to ultimate pain when they’re gone in your life.

I know, I know. Saying, “don’t be attached” is easier said than done. But I think this trait has become advantageous as I grew older, so I’m sharing it with you. This mindset has saved me from depression.

Make sure you connect with people. Spread love. Help people in need.

But getting attached to a point that you’re “owning” people and things is a different story. It would often lead to heartbreaks.

Realize that people will come and leave. Things rot. New things get old. I’m not saying you should push people away. No! But there’s a thin line between attachment and having a connection. 

Maybe, it’s just a perspective of mine, but once you let go of the fear of losing things (which happens more than we recognize), it will be liberating. It’s the first step to more important values such as acceptance, forgiveness, and moving on.

7. Drop unnecessary activities and get some sleep.

Sleep is crucial! Never overlap your games, movies, or social media with your sleep.

Remember the time when you haven’t slept well enough and anyone who approaches you annoys you? 

You can’t consistently expend energy if you have not properly regained it through sleep. At least have a good 6 to 8 hours of sleep.

It’s an important contributor to your health and you will be feeling always at your peak.

A study shows that lavender essential oils can aid your sleep, so you might as well try adding them to your routine!

8. Love the inner child in you.

Did we grow old so we stopped playing? Or is it that we stopped playing so we grew old?

I’ve always pondered about the boring, dull, and repetitive life I had after graduating college. “Is this all there is?” I told myself. I missed the days where I could just jump around and have fun with my friends. 

But come to think of it. There’s nothing wrong with being childlike at times. Enjoy life like a kid who gets interested in anything. 

Be a child at heart who appreciates, greets, and respects people. Collect your favorite figurines. Run under the rain. 

A healthy mindset doesn’t have to be so serious unlike what most influencers portray. It’s also knowing when to have fun. It’s genuine happiness that matters.

9. Realize who you are, and who you are not.

I don’t want to sound preachy here, but this verse is a good one! I felt freer when I applied it in my life, so I thought you’d know.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, love, and self-control.”

Whenever self-doubt lingers in my mind, this verse reminds me of who I am and who I am not.

I admit I’m not a hundred percent fearless. But having faith in these words surely gives me assurance that whenever I doubt, the battle happens within me, and I can defeat it. 

Because again, I’m built with power, love, and self-control. Fear is out of the picture.

A healthy mindset can equate to a happy life.

Whatever your mind thinks, your body amplifies. It’s even more dangerous when you settle in thoughts that cage your creativity and potential. 

Doing the list above doesn’t provide results overnight. It’s a constant and continuous process, honed through experience. Yes, mindset isn’t something you read, it is applied!

I shared with you my tips which you can also improve in a way that accommodates your need and situation.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

-M.Mathias


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