Tips for Believing in Yourself When Mental Illness Stops You

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Tips for Believing in Yourself When Mental Illness Stops You

Believing in yourself is an important part of mental health. It’s an attitude and core belief that helps you create a quality life despite challenges. So often, though, mental illness and personality disorders distort the opinions we hold about ourselves.

It can feel as though we are our mental illness; therefore, we risk believing that we’re worthless. We feel like we’re inherently damaged, we think we’re valueless, and by extension, we behave as though we’re insignificant to ourselves and everyone around us. This belief system is real, but it isn’t reality.

Believing in yourself has nothing to do with whether you live with mental illness. Because mental disorders are something we experience rather than who we are at our core, you can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, no matter what you are facing. Here are some tips for believing in yourself when mental illness stops you:

  • Catch yourself being self-critical, and re-state your thoughts to make them self-affirming
  • Keep a dedicated notebook to record positive things you notice about yourself, big and small
  • Accept mistakes and imperfections as part of the human experience rather than berating yourself for them
  • Write meaningful positive affirmations to improve your self-esteem and read them multiple times daily

Repeat these steps with patience. You’ve been hard on yourself for a long time. Coming to believe in yourself is a process that takes time.

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Peterson, T. (2019, January 1). Tips for Believing in Yourself When Mental Illness Stops You, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: January 2, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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