Your instantaneous physiological reactions might include rapid heartbeat, tightened muscles, heat rising into your head and neck area, clenched teeth, increased sweat, as well as an increased propensity to scream your dissatisfaction to the non-existent persona on the other end of the line. In short, you’ve just been hijacked by your autonomic nervous system and you’re “stressed.” — Teresa Trower, LMHC
Having a mental health problem or issue can make you doubt yourself. You will start to think that you are incapable of loving someone and being loved in return. At the same time, it will also be difficult on your part to accept certain things in your life. One of the mental illnesses that can affect your life is an anxiety disorder. Whether you like it or not, you have no choice but to fight this problem. You cannot allow this situation to defeat you.
As such, we are going to share some of the ideal ways on how you can continue to love yourself despite the presence of anxiety disorder. The truth is that the moment you learn how to appreciate your self, everything will fall back into its place. Here are the tips to remember:
Be Physically Active
Exercise and other physical activities can provide tons of benefits for your body. Aside from helping you to lose weight, it can also enable you to enjoy several health benefits. At the same time, more happy hormones will be released to your entire system, giving you a sense of security. It is proper to conclude that regular exercise can make it easier on your part to love yourself.
Find What Makes You Happy
Think about what you tend to do when you feel unhappy or anxious. Most of us look to the outside world for distraction. — Alicia Muñoz, LPC
Do not be afraid to get out or step out of your comfort zone. Always put in mind that there are many opportunities or chances out there that you can grab to improve your mood and emotions. Keep in mind that life is absolutely too short to worry about things that do not matter at all. Instead, make an effort to find one thing that you are passionate about. Explore all the possibilities for a happier and better you.
Take A Break
Work demands and personal life issues can be too much to handle. Whenever you feel like giving up, the right thing to do is to relax and take a breath. It is okay to admit to yourself that sometimes, all you need is to rest from responsibilities. People will always understand if you need some time off for yourself. In fact, some companies even have a policy of forcing employees to leave so that they can de-stress from work.
Only you can decide what that looks like; maybe it’s treating yourself to a nap every Sunday or indulging in a hobby you haven’t made time for a while. — Teyhou Smyth Ph.D., LMFT
Never hesitate to forgive yourself for all the wrong things that you have done. First of all, you need to stop using your anxiety disorder as an excuse for bad behavior. However, it is also vital to recognize the fact that you are only human. The reality is that you also commit mistakes every now and then. Accept your flaws because that is the only way to love yourself completely. Once you have forgiven yourself for your shortcomings, you will begin to see a better perspective in your life.
If you believe that your anxiety disorder has become severe, the right thing to do is to seek professional help. Call a psychiatrist as soon as possible.