Nine Habits You Need to Adopt For Improved Mental Health

It’s easy to see that everyone adopts different mental habits at different stages of life. But in the process, it’s also possible to lose sight of the past, or what’s to come. Life’s journey is a different path for everyone and it is important to acknowledge the wisdom and inspiration that can spark at many different ages.

From infancy to adulthood and beyond, there are always opportunities to learn from the people around you. Those important to you should be there to help breed a healthier, smarter and, ultimately, happier you. Here are some mental health takeaways from different ages as a start:


  • Be honest: Many kids are not good liars and principles of truthfulness are typically instilled at an early age. There is an importance in being earnest, telling the truth has shown to ease mental health burdens significantly.
  • Forgive others:  Children are usually taught to apologize, forgive and move on early on in life. Holding grudges is potentially damaging and you won’t find kids doing it often. Follow suit.
  • Make your own rules: It’s pretty rare when young kids have inhibitions. If something makes you happy and doesn’t affect others, why not try it? Apply a simple, kid-friendly mentality to all things: Do what you love and love what you do.


  • Think big: Be ambitious! 85 percent of millennials want to work to improve society. If your goals sometimes feel small, take note from this age bracket and don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger.
  • Live alternatively: Millennials adopt new trends and, often, aren’t afraid to openly think outside of the box. Seek self-acceptance in your endeavors rather than the approval of others.
  • Own your identity: Know who you are. Spend sufficient “me time” establishing your beliefs and try to live up to them every day. 77 percent of millennials say the beginnings of adulthood are a time to determine your identity…but it’s never too late to start.


  • Avoid having regrets: Focus on the now. New studies and publications are frequently emerging observing regrets of the dying and the results are haunting. Use the past as an opportunity to adjust your life moving forward. Express your feelings, stay in touch with the people you care about, travel and let yourself be happier. Senior citizens frequently cite these ideas as common regrets.
  • Stop worrying:  Accept the things you cannot change and prepare for the ones you can.  Worrying and stress usually just lead to bad vibes anyway.
  • Be yourself: Try something new, have faith in yourself, embrace all that you are. There are few things worse than going through your entire life pretending to be something you’re not.

What advice have you gained from a different age demographic?

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