There was a time, only a few years ago, that I believed that having a mental illness defined me, that there was nothing else about me. I knew logically that I was other things, but we all know that logic and thoughts don’t always go hand in hand when you are in the middle of disordered thinking.
The following post talks about suicide. Please ensure that you are in a safe place mentally before continuing. If you are struggling with thoughts of self harm or suicide then please call Lifeline 13 11 14 or visit your nearest emergency department.
Self esteem is such a fragile thing. It can be built up or destroyed with the utterance of one word or a look that isn’t perceived well. Self esteem helps us to make the decisions in our life, whether they be for good or bad.Core beliefs play a big role in developing self esteem. When a child is supported by those around them, their self esteem can soar. However I think that there needs to be a middle ground between supporting everything that our children do, and giving them a reality check when they need it. I believe that this balance helps children to develop healthy self esteem.
Welcome to The Lounge! This week the theme is Food and I have a guest post from Kylie Ofiu about how she uses diet and exercise to manage her mental health.
Before I start, I want to be clear that I don’t think diet and exercise should replace medication or professional help completely. They do have a significant effect on your mental health, but since conditions vary greatly, it is always best to use medication if needed and continue to get professional help.
The need or desire to fix something that is broken, even another person is a pretty strong instinct. However should that desire override the feelings of the person that they are trying to fix? If a person is ‘just trying to help’ then does that mean that we need to grin and bear it?