Setting unreasonable expectations for yourself can negatively affect your self-esteem. When you don't meet your goals, you disappoint yourself and possibly others. If you have healthy self-esteem you trust yourself to fulfill your commitments. I'm going to share how learning to set reasonable expectations for myself made me successful last week and helped me build a stronger sense of self-esteem.
Traveling is a great way to shake up your everyday routine. After long periods of work, a well-deserved getaway can be just what you need to relax and recharge. However, traveling can also help with personal growth. Here, you'll learn three ways traveling can help you evolve.
Do you find yourself often feeling defensive? Perhaps you have relationships with others who seem to get defensive easily. Responding to another person with defensiveness is never the most effective way to solve a relational conflict, but many of us tend to jump into a defensive stance without thinking much about it. I've been guilty of this in my own life and have learned some tools over the years which helped significantly reduce my defensiveness, and better respond to defensiveness in others. Read on to learn my best tips for stopping defensive behavior in its tracks.
Usually, anything that helps with my depression feels like a pure blessing from above, but I have some fears about how much having a baby has helped alleviate my depression. I've found that my baby can incentivize me to get out of bed even on horrible days where, without a baby, I would have been stuck in bed all day long. Taking care of him, seeing him smile, feeling his warmth as he snuggles against my chest, it all brings me a comfort I've never really had before, despite having an incredibly loving husband and wonderful friends. When I got pregnant, I was so worried that having a baby would be incredibly hard on my mental health, but it has actually been the opposite. My baby is one of the best things that's ever happened to my mental health. And that makes me very nervous.
Do you have a drive for thinness even though you're in eating disorder recovery? Is it healthy for you? Let's explore those questions and get some answers.
When you hear the word exercise, do you usually groan, or do you get excited for your next workout? Depending on the day, I might not be feeling a sweat session, but I know how important it is for me to squeeze in a little extra time for physical activity.
Traveling in recovery from eating disorders poses some challenges. How big those challenges are will depend on where you are in your recovery. I've recently returned from a week-long vacation to Cuba with my family and even a decade into recovery, I faced my fair share of hurdles. Still, I could tackle them all thanks to a little preparation.
Anxiety often occurs with change, but it can be even more challenging to cope with when you deal with chronic anxiety. Just recently, I started a new endeavor. Since I have become very mindful of my anxiety, I have also become aware when my symptoms worsen, and it becomes difficult for me to function. This is something I noticed when I started this new undertaking. I began having a hard time sleeping, and my stomach was constantly in knots. I had panic attacks and I was feeling emotionally exhausted.
Letting others know you have a mental illness can feel like a confession because of stigma. Telling someone about the illness for the first time can be a large, daunting task because of this feeling that you're revealing a deep, dark secret. This is because stigma tells us that reactions to mental health struggles will always be negative.
Do you know how to show concern and support for your friend's emotional wellbeing? It can be more difficult when your friend lives with mental illness. If your friend with depression has engaged in self-destructive behaviors in the past, you might think that he or she is currently not okay and needs help. To learn about how to respond to your friend's feelings and when to show concern, read this article.