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How self-esteem and self-awareness boosts mental health

Lack of self-awareness will always have a negative impact on your mental health (Shutterstock)

You’ll often find that certain habits, self-esteem and self-awareness all link to your mental health in different ways. It’s important to understand that lack of self-awareness will always have a negative impact on your mental health. But if you turn things around and work on yourself, you get to live your life to the fullest.

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Here are different ways good self-esteem and self-awareness improves your mental wellness.

  1. You attract healthy relationships

Having low self-esteem will make you look for acceptance from people who have little value for you. You might have a kind and giving heart but the truth is, there are so many people who love to prey on people with low self-esteem. This applies to both friendships and romantic relationships because they can be equally damaging to your psychological wellbeing. When you start to value yourself, you gather the courage to walk away from relationships that aren’t working.

  1. You stop self-destructive habits

Alcoholism and drug abuse are often signs of depression. And addictions are hard to break because they always seem like an enticing getaway. Most people in these situations have a hard time making themselves understand that they have the power to change their lives, even with the help of others.

Self-awareness opens your eyes to the reality of how blessed you are which then clears the way for positive change.

  1. You become successful

Everyone has an idea of the future they want but the difference between someone who makes their dreams come true and someone who doesn’t, is a mindset. A self-confident mindset is always ready to find solutions even when facing challenges. Self-confidence is important for your metal health because shutting down those inner voices that tell you you’re not good enough becomes easier.

You need to search within yourself for the answers you need because you know you best (Shutterstock)
  1. You stop pressuring yourself to be someone else

Lack of self-awareness when it comes to your limitations can make you live your life for other people. You’ll constantly want what someone else has and put pressure on yourself to live a life that’s not yours. These situations will eventually affect your mind and body which is not healthy at all.

Being self-aware helps you appreciate who you are and see the positives rather than the negatives. The stress is like a heavy burden but once that burden is lifted, you relax more and you’re able to focus on your personal goals.

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  1. You prioritize your needs

It’s hard to help others and be a positive influence if you’re constantly ignoring your own needs. Even parents admit that they need some time off away from the kids once in a while. Constantly putting other’s needs before yours can actually have dire effects on your mental health and esteem. A strong sense of self-esteem will help you say no without any guilt or fear of disappointing others. Overcoming those fears is a way of taking control of your life and your independence.

  1. You take care of your body

Self-awareness helps you put in more effort in how you look and present yourself. Simple things like working out, revamping your closet and even taking good care of your hair does a lot for your mental and emotional well-being. In fact, you really feel fulfilled when you’re genuinely making these changes for your own self confidence and esteem.

Paying attention to what your mind and body has been trying telling you is the ultimate hack for a positive life. Sometimes you need to search within yourself for the answers you need because you know you best. That’s why you should do all you can to maintain a healthy mental and emotional balance.

 

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