Are you mentally healthy? Do you have the characteristics of a mentally healthy person?
Read on to know the different factors influencing mental health and how truly mentally healthy people live their lives.
Mental health and substance use disorders affect 13% of the world’s population. It is estimated mental disorders are attributable to 14.3% of deaths worldwide, or approximately 8 million deaths each year. But, talking about mental health is still taboo in a number of countries.
Mental health is as important as physical health.
We at Mind Journal, have compiled a list of characteristics of a mentally healthy person:
If you are lacking one or more of the characteristics below, don’t feel low. You can always work on them and become a mentally healthy person. The key is to practice being mentally healthy every day. Take one step each day and you will see a massive improvement in your mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Let’s get started.
1. They accept who they are
A mentally healthy person completely accepts himself. Such people are very much comfortable in their own skin, they know who and what they are. Therefore, they always feel good and happy living their lives. You will never find them pleasing people or seeking approval. These are the basic characteristics of a sound mind.
Lack of self-acceptance is common in people who are prone to stress, anxiety, and different types of mental illnesses. They have issues with their own looks, dressing style, academic records, attitude, salary, and so on. Thus, they are in a state of worry 24/7 thinking about what people will think about them. They are anxious while talking to people and often seek validation.
2. They can control how to react to feelings
Life is full of ups and downs and you can’t control everything. There is no point holding grudges, acting violent, or snuggling inside a blanket out of fear and anxiety. A mentally healthy person understands this fact very well.
So, they hardly waste time trying to control things that are not in their control. Instead, they work on how to react to their feelings and take positive actions when feeling certain negative emotions like aggression, jealousy. It is these characteristics of a mentally healthy person that helps them heal faster and rise up even after hitting the rock bottom of life.
People without a sound mind have an illusion of a ‘perfect life’. There is nothing as such in this world. Therefore, these people are overwhelmed by negative emotions when disappointment strikes them. They fail to learn, let go and move on like those with a healthy mind.
3. They have satisfying and harmonious relationships
Robert Waldinger conducted one of the longest studies ever to find what makes a person happy and healthy. The bulk data that he generated in 80 years showed a surprising finding. “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier” – Said Waldinger.
Nurturing and maintaining satisfying personal relationships is one of the strong characteristics of a mentally healthy person. Please note that the quality of relationships is more important than the number of friends and relatives you have. Strong social connections and deep bonding with loved ones make you physically healthier, live longer, and be happy according to Waldinger.
People who were mentally unhealthy were found to have high conflict marriages, unhappy relationships, and no one to count on at times of adversity. Their physical pain doubled with emotional pain and showed an early cognitive decline. Healthy, warm, and close relationships have the ability to “buffer us from some of the slings and arrows of getting old,” Waldinger said.
4. They are comfortable with other people
This is one of the wonderful characteristics of a mentally healthy person. He who is comfortable in his own skin (see point 1) can also be comfortable with other people. People who always try to be their true selves, don’t go on to impress others. Thus, they fully present whether saying hi to their new neighbors or when talking to a group of people. This quality helps them build social networks and make most of them for personal growth.
People who hate themselves or their own life state struggle to make new friends/colleagues. They are neither socially adjustable nor emotionally mature. They are never optimistic, they hesitate to seek help at times of emergency, which delays them in reaching their goals.