As someone who suffers from a mental health disorder, you know that you’re your own worst critic and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
You’re going to a professional with your problems. And you’re trying to be positive. But there are just some times when you don’t have the energy to do anything or be anything. You call your own existence into question and you think you’re not good enough.
That’s where you’re wrong.
There is a reason for your existence. You are worth something. And you must be kind to yourself if you want to understand your place in this world.
Here are five ways through which you can be kind to yourself.
1. Treat Yourself to a Meal You Want
Instead of making yourself feel guilty about eating a chip or nibbling on some chocolate, give yourself a break and buy yourself a meal. In a world that’s so focused on body images, we often fool ourselves into believing that having a slim waist and a lower BMI will bring us happiness. However, we forget that shedding the fat won’t solve the issues that cause us anxiety and depression.
Yes, you must maintain a healthy diet, but don’t limit yourself. Cook something different, be kind to your body and satisfy a craving once in a while. And don’t feel guilty. Believe this: eating a sandwich or a pizza once or twice a month won’t make you bigger.
2. Watch Something that Makes You Happy
At times, when you feel your anxiety or depression pushing you, detach yourself from everything and watch a movie or a TV series that makes you happy. Stick to comedies, documentaries, anything that encourages a positive stance. Give your mind a break from all the work it’s doing, and just laugh. If you want to watch something romantic, do so and let those positive feelings make you happy.
3. Go Outside
Anxiety, panic, depression or any other mental health issue makes you feel suffocated. The worst thing you can do is just let yourself be in that condition. Go out and walk. Bring a friend or a sibling, a parent along with you and talk about everything and anything. Window shop, go to an amusement park, breath a bit of fresh air and let yourself relax.
A change of environment can make all the difference in the world.
We don’t spend as much time sleeping as we should. Yes, 6-7 hours of sleep a day does work. But once in a while, during the weekend, go to sleep early. You have all the time in the world to do everything you need to. But at this point, just go to sleep. 9-11 hours of sleep once every week is enough to compensate for the missed hours throughout. Wake up early the next day and just lie in bed. Don’t go on your phone. Instead, read a book and let your mind maintain its relaxed state. You’ll notice a world of difference.
5. Try Something New
Never tried seafood in your life? Go to a seafood restaurant.
Curious about Zumba? Book a class and go.
Want to sit back and watch Star Wars? Buy the box set, grab a friend who loves the series and catch up.
Get out of that comfort zone you’ve trapped yourself in. At the end of the day, these are the most effective stress-coping strategies you can follow.
So be kind to yourself and don’t push yourself down. You are better than what you believe yourself to be. You just have to realize it.