Stop Comparing Yourself to Others to Stop Mental Health Stigma
Stop comparing yourself to others, because when you do, you are letting mental health stigma affect your self-esteem. The only person who it is fair to compare yourself to is you. Are you doing better today than you were yesterday? Have you improved in different ways from a year ago? Mental health stigma can make us compare ourselves to others who don't have a mental illness or peers who haven't been through the same things that we have (How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others).
Keep a Journal to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Write down each day your level of mood from one to 10 and have an honest talk with yourself in writing about where you are in your life. Journal writing can be an invaluable tool to go back to later. It will be something you can use to guide you towards further growth.
Comparing yourself to others will give you false information because no one can know what others are going through and the stigma that surrounds mental illness could make you feel such negative emotions as guilt, shame and fear about who you are when, in fact, you are already who you need to be.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Stop Mental Health Stigma and Accept Uniqueness
Everyone is unique and has his or her talents and abilities.
Often I find that I have been beating myself up because of things said or done that would cause others to stigmatize me as a person. I felt humiliated because of having poor mental health.
When I think of these times, my thoughts go back to talking with a friend I had who had a rare disease that would one day cause him to need to have his hands amputated. I wondered how he had the strength to stay positive and overcome this problem, and he told me that it didn't worry him. He believed his artistic side would come out after this happened and that it would make up for his loss. Fortunately, he had been misdiagnosed and never did have to lose his hands. This friend taught me that all anyone can do is take the positive and the negative things life gives us and do our best with what we have.
Everyone, especially those with mental health problems, is a human being despite any illness. Some people feel the sting of society's mental health stigma trying to tell them that they can't do things, or imply their life isn't worth as much as others who aren't mentally ill. When this happens, you need to remember that with persistence, people can still do a lot of amazing things for themselves and others. These things could be everything from writing a poem to holding down a regular job.
Remind yourself that, over time, you will adapt to be able to maximize your abilities to work, function, and form healthy relationships. If you are having a hard time and can only do a few small positive things each day while it seems others have no troubles at all, stand up to stigma and just do the best you can without comparing yourself to others who aren't going through what you are.
Mental health stigma is real and powerful, but each of us can overcome stigma and unfair comparisons. Just try to make each day a little better than the last and soon your self-esteem and sense of self-worth will improve, and you will be able to do so much more.
Gregersen, L. (2017, March 12). Stop Comparing Yourself to Others to Stop Mental Health Stigma, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 16 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/survivingmentalhealthstigma/2017/03/stop-stigma-dont-compare-yourself-to-others