Listen to Yourself: You Are Your Best Mental Health Resource

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the noise around you telling you how you “should” feel and what you “should” do in your own life? This can be difficult and draining, contributing to or worsening anxiety, depression, and the stress and symptoms of any mental health challenge.

You know yourself better than anyone else ever can. To nurture your own mental health and wellbeing, begin to turn inward, away from the attitudes of others and toward your own sense of who you are.

It can be difficult to listen to ourselves, though, especially when mental health challenges erode our self-confidence. Think of it as an ongoing adventure in self-discovery in which you gradually build the skills you need to listen to and honor yourself as your best mental health resource. Here are some tips for listening to and trusting yourself.

  • Pay attention to your body’s signals. Your body communicates to you through aches and pains, sensations of hot and cold, hunger and thirst, nausea and butterflies, and more. Tune in to your body’s messages when making decisions that affect your mental health.
  • Notice your thoughts and feelings. Pause to hear what your mind is telling you rather than letting thoughts and feelings run amok, unchecked (How Negative Thinking Destroys Your Mental Health). Notice them, accept that they’re there, and then decide for yourself whether they’re completely true or if you want to adjust them.
  • Embrace your decisions. Always look forward, never back, and be confident that you are steering yourself in a positive direction.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2022, January 4). Listen to Yourself: You Are Your Best Mental Health Resource, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: January 4, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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