I absolutely love this paper I received from Alberta Health Services and I just had to share it.
How you feel about yourself can play a big part in your mental well-being. Believe in and respecting yourself can prevent negative thinking, give you the courage to try new things. And help you feel proud of yourself even when things go wrong or you make mistakes.
• surround yourself with people who accept you exactly as who you are. Spend more time with people with people who like and accept you for who you are, and less time worrying about the ones who don’t. Besides, if you change yourself for one person or a group, the next person or group may not like you, and so on.
• Boost your self-confidence. Make a list of things you like about yourself, whether it’s your work ethic, free spirit or any other special characteristics or abilities. Trying something new, or mastering a skill, is another great way, is another great way to build confidence.
• Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on how you have become a new and improved version of yourself. What new decisions have you made or new actions you’ve taken that have resulted in you moving in a new direction in your life? What are the positive things in your life or progress made this year compared to last? These are the true measuring sticks or success.
• Develop your own sense of style and self-expression. What makes you different is what makes you special. You don’t have to follow the latest trends; rather, pull together looks you’re comfortable with. Express yourself you way, and with confidence.
• Laugh… And let it go. Life is too short to dwell on things we commit control. Learn how to be so comfortable with yourself that you don’t hold on to those things that go wrong in life.
Mental health help line toll-free at 1-877-303-2642 it’s 24 hours a day 7 days a week
A few words from me…
Suicide streaming from a mental health problem is the second leading cause of death among youth in Canada. We are constantly under pressure to succeed in school and have good grades and maintain a social life. One in five students consider themselves to have a mental health problem. The stigma surrounding how we speak about mental health makes youth feel as though if they were to speak out they might be misunderstood and shamed because of their problem, this keeps our youth silent. Almost one half of the population who believe they may have a problem with depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor. Mental illnesses indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. It is a growing concern in our community’s and something must be done.