Exploring The Relationship Between Mental Health and Self-Love
Mental illness is a serious problem that many of us face in our lives. It can be very hard to deal with and understand, especially when you are struggling to make sense of it. Unfortunately, the three most common diagnoses are anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worrying thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent sadness, lack of motivation, fatigue, and other psychological symptoms that can affect daily life. It is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires professional treatment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
It's important to recognize these conditions so that we can address them in a proactive and timely manner. Anxiety disorders, for example, are characterized by intense fear, worry, and nervousness, which can lead to physical symptoms like a racing heart, sweating, trembling, and fatigue.
Depression can present with feelings of emptiness and despair, accompanied by sleep disturbances, reduced energy levels, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Finally, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often triggered by a traumatic experience, such as a car accident, assault, or a natural disaster. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance of the trauma, and even physical responses, such as a racing heart, shaking, and sweating.
It's important to seek help if you or a loved one is suffering from any of these conditions. There is a lot of help available, both in terms of talking therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. While it can be a difficult journey, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There is hope and with help, recovery is possible.
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States struggle with a mental health disorder. Sadly, anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are conditions that can have an incredibly damaging effect on individuals' lives, but there is help available for those who seek it.
While managing any of these conditions can be challenging, many find comfort and solace through talking with a therapist, reaching out for support, engaging in regular physical activity, eating a nutritious diet, and finding meaningful ways to take care of themselves. There is hope, and with the right resources, it is possible to live a life full of joy and happiness.
“Over time, practicing actions that promote self-love can help both your physical and psychological well-being. Practicing self-love can improve your self-esteem, make you aware of your strengths and allow you to be more accepting of your weaknesses.”
“Mental illness is a general term for a group of illnesses that may impact on a person's thoughts, perceptions, feelings and behaviours.”
“The three most common diagnoses are anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These three conditions make up around 30 percent of all diagnoses of mental illness in America.”
We often think that taking care of ourselves requires hours of dedication or extravagant self-care, but in reality, there are simple and effective ways to promote self-love. After all, self-love is the basis of our overall wellbeing!
Here are some small but powerful habits to begin building your self-love:
1. Make yourself a priority. No one else will take care of you better than yourself. Start prioritizing your mental and physical health and schedule activities that you enjoy, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day.
2. Say nice things to yourself. Create affirmations that focus on positive qualities about yourself and recite them often. As cheesy as it sounds, you’d be surprised how powerful it is to look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are.
3. Reclaim “me” time. Allocate time throughout the day to relax, take deep breaths, and unwind from your daily activities. Taking “me” time can also help in controlling negative emotions and staying motivated.
4. Build positive relationships. Focus on being kind and courteous to yourself and others around you. This could mean avoiding conversations that put yourself down, unsupportive environments or people, or finding the right balance between taking care of yourself and others.
As we focus on creating sustainable habits of self-love, the journey of loving ourselves begins with a few small but mighty steps.
Embrace yourself and honor who you are!