It’s easy to forget just how important it is to love ourselves, especially when we’re struggling with a mental illness. Chloe from Chloe Metzger has some top tips to help you love yourself that little bit more.
Loving yourself in the deepest depths of a mental illness can feel impossible. I know, because I’ve been there. When the demons in your head are the only thing you can hear and they’re adamant that you are worthless, the lowest of the low and not to be loved. It’s because that’s their horrible little hobby, to tell you these lies. It is possible though, even when you’ve lost hope. There are things that you can do to love yourself a little bit, even on your worst days.
- Try and think of some of the good things you’ve done/do in your life, write them down for when you feel down. Not sure you can manage? Ask those closest to you what they think the best things about you are.
- Take the time you need for yourself .
- Try and do something you enjoy every week, because you deserve it.
- Leave positive notes around your house (particularly the mirror).
- Try and decorate with things that make you happy/you love – I like to try and have a space full of motivating postcards where I work.
- Don’t be afraid to get help – if you feel you need some extra help, don’t be afraid to ask. There is nothing wrong with needing extra help for your mental illness, like life the illness can change.
- Surround yourself with positive people – I’m a firm believer that the people you love can make or break your day. If you’re struggling to love yourself having someone who loves you can really help.
- Listen to your body. You know your body better than anyone else, so listen and look after it.
- Remember you are not your illness. I’ve gotten mad at my illness so many times and hated myself in the process. When you’re mad imagine the illness as a person, remove it from yourself because ultimately it’s not your fault.