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.

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Laura Barton
Thank you! That’s exactly what I was going for with this one. I’m glad the message came through and hopefully it can help people when it comes to discussing mental health.
I've really been struggling with this. I eventually got referred to mental health assessment team due to the onset of multiple voices (internal and external) constantly talking and shouting with some relentlessly saying horrible threatening or abusive or destructive /coercive stuff.
The psychiatrist decided on a working diagnosis of unspecified dissociative disorder and referred for further assessment but said she thought it probably is DID. I'm on a waiting list now.
Apart from the occasional break when chatting with other outside people or drowning out with headphones, it is every waking moment with many voices and nasty comments. It becomes almost unbearable quite regularly and crisis states. Too overwhelming and constant.
I'm at a loss as to how to cope with it. Setting limits doesn't work because the main one knows he can just keep doing it and doesn't seem to care. Trying to reassure him or understand or have compassion doesn't make any difference either (or he then twists and misuses)
He is adamant that it isn't Dissociative disorder and only view of being understood is if I would agree with him that it isn't dissociative but borderline and that borderline is wholly a behavioural problem!
He's so against it that he said the psychiatrist letter is "doctored" and I should burn the letter.
It's really hard to cope with and he's also dead against getting treatment/therapy or talking to professionals which can be problematic to say the least!
He says the only solution is to kill ourselves. I don't want that nor do other ones, but his influence sometimes gets intense and either I end up flooded and blended (or possibly switch to self harming hopeless part) or too exhausted and can't keep thinking straight.
As we are on a waiting list I pretty much have to deal with these voices by myself.
It's challenging, as they say.
Shari Rotheiser
I have severe anxiety disorder its crippling, For many year it was controlled with medicine but after a long time and having my colon removed Medicine stopped working, my coping skills are bad, I tend to over think and ruminate, and nomatter what I do I can't get out of my head, but it gets worse because I many ways I can't concentrate, do I can't distract my self, help its torture
Monica Harsmanka
Hi Susan,
I would love to chat with you.
about this mess called my life:
"So why do I feel the necessity to share my personal thoughts and feelings with the internet? I don't really know. Self-therapy I guess. With the hope that the person reading this knows how to deal with life (because I don't) and might want to help me out. Basically, I am not trying to give advice to anyone. I'm asking for it."