Do You Find It Hard to Love Yourself?

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Do You Find It Hard to Love Yourself?

Finding it hard to love yourselfOn our social sites this week, we've been talking about "being your own worst critic" and finding it hard to love yourself. As our former blogger, Deltra Coyne says "it's difficult loving yourself when you have a mental illness." For many, the root of being your own worst critic goes back to childhood and hearing negative messages about your abilities and self-worth, says HealthyPlace Medical Director and Board-Certified psychiatrist, Dr. Harry Croft. Dr. Croft notes that when you have a mental illness, it's usually coupled with depression or periods of depression which can feed into your inner critic. Eventually, the constant self-criticism turns into low self-esteem and people sometimes describe that as "finding it hard to love yourself."

So how can you turn low self-esteem and feelings of low self-worth around?

  • Therapy helps you establish an objective view of yourself.
  • Associate with people who are "positive" and get as far away as possible from people who are destructive to you.
  • Set small achievable goals. When they are accomplished, acknowledge that in a way that feels good to you.

All this takes time and practice, so be gentle with yourself along the way.

Your Thoughts

Do you find it hard to love yourself? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Update: Announcement This Coming Tuesday

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that we had an announcement coming. As we shared earlier, we started working on a mental health project at HealthyPlace that we hope will initiate some real change. We'll be announcing the details on Tuesday morning at 9 am CT, 10 ET. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you'll be getting an email. We'll also be talking about it on our social sites; Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We hope you'll not only check it out, but once you learn about the project, you'll want to join us and participate.

And if you have a blog, website or a social profile on Facebook, Google+ or another social site and would like to join our efforts, email us at and in the subject line put "I Want to Help" and we'll share the details with you.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Nearly 160 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Q and A with ‘Electroboy’ Andy Behrman – Part Two
  2. How to Stop Panic Attacks and Prevent Panic Attacks
  3. PTSD and Memories of Abuse

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Parenting an ADHD Child the Right Way on HealthyPlace Radio

Parenting a child with ADHD can feel daunting and exhausting. Our guests, Tracey Bromley Goodwin, M.ED. and Holly Oberacker, ATR, LMHC, share parenting strategies that work, helping both the parent and ADHD child. Listen to Parenting an ADHD Child the Right Way.

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, January 17). Do You Find It Hard to Love Yourself?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, April 23 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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