Dealing with mental health issues comes with a number of debilitating symptoms. One of the most common symptoms of people living with mental health issues is problems with self esteem. This is a common occurrence in people living with a variety of mental health issues as these conditions can make people feel isolated, misunderstood, and even guilty. However, mental health issues aren’t something that has to take away your self esteem. You can learn to love yourself and accept who you are regardless of the mental health diagnosis you’ve been given. Fortunately, for people dealing with this common issue in mental health recovery, there are a few ways to improve self esteem that can work to boost self image and acceptance.
Reminding ourselves that we are of worth and that we deserve love can help us begin to believe it. Affirmations are these reminders that you can practice on a daily basis in order for yourself to train your brain into believing these reminders. Practice your affirmations by telling yourself that you are worthy of love, you are beautiful, you are deserving of mental health healing, and that you love yourself. After a while, you’ll start to notice the difference and how your brain has adapted to a healthier and more positive way of thinking about yourself.
It’s easy to get caught up in negative thoughts about oneself. But, when we remind ourselves of what we do have rather than what we don’t, we can be present and thankful for our lives and who we are. So, practice gratitude by listing out the things you do like about yourself, what you’re thankful for in your daily life, and listing off the people that love you. When we are better at practicing gratitude, we are better prepared to remain in a positive mindset about ourselves, where we are in life, and what we are doing to help ourselves get better and obtain mental health wellbeing.
When we’re doing the things we love, we’re more likely to love ourselves. So, don’t neglect yourself from doing the things you love, whatever that may be! If you love music, practice creating music or listening to your favorite songs. If you love nature, go for a daily walk. No matter what your interests are, it’s important to do what you enjoy. As we get older, our responsibilities can start to take over our lives. And, we can begin to neglect to do or even forget what brings us joy. But, remembering and engaging in these activities is a big part of boosting and maintaining self-confidence.
Here at Yellowbrick, we go about treating mental health issues that can come with symptoms of negative self-image and self-confidence with evidence-based practices. Our therapies identify and treat neurological issues that can be the result of developed mental health symptoms. And, our psychotherapies can help individuals identify ways to pinpoint and address brain function that can be the result of negative and debilitating mental health issues that include negative thinking, cognitive functioning, and even poor self-esteem.
Learn about our evidence-based neurological approach to mental health therapy on our website today. And, find out how we help emerging adults with their mental health journey by offering a number of different modes of treatments.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.