Here is something to think about, let's start treating ourselves like we matter. Let's work through the stigmas and the misunderstandings of our mental health and work toward being the best selves we want to be.
Let's acknowledge that we might have anxiety, depression, stress, and anger but that those feelings do not dictate how we can live our lives. How we can think about the concept of well-being.
Love starts with ourselves and our actions. And if we can just work toward loving ourselves a little better...if we can accept ourselves a little better..we will begin to learn what it means to actively treat ourselves with the respect we deserve.
And though loving ourselves is not easy...especially when we have been told by shrinks, or people, or society, or even media how we are supposed to be - it makes it near impossible think about how we might matter.
We may hold feelings of guilt, shame, or even feelings of inadequacy. Perhaps we don't even feel normal. But I promise you that you are so much more. I promise you we are so much more.
If we can learn to love ourselves, if we can learn to accept ourselves for more than just our mental illness or sicknesses, we will learn to grow. Loving ourselves means acknowledging our needs, and learning to grow on our behalf.
Yes, people are there to advocate for us, but what about advocating for ourselves. Loving ourselves encourages us to act on our own behalf. When we begin to love ourselves we are capable of showing ourselves we matter, and that we are important.
So let's start doing that, start giving ourselves a little wakeup call about what is important, about how we matter despite having a diagnosis or other issues - it is not all we are.
Let's start reminding ourselves we matter just like everyone else around us. Let's start treating ourselves like we matter because we do. Our messages and the way we see ourselves is the starting point of the message others may receive about us.
So let's show the world we love ourselves by:
Watching how we refer to our ourselves. Name calling, and self-guilt - maybe even embarrassment may make it difficult to move forward or believe we are so much. But when we actively are conscious about how we try to talk about ourselves and replace negative with positives - we have so much more good that can come from it.
We begin to tell others who we are and that we deserve to be treated better. We should be kind to ourselves, compassionate to ourselves because at the end of the say the love we give ourselves means more than we realize.
There is no need to compromise who we are at the expense of others. Our feelings, our thoughts, and our perceptions matter.
Loving actions are set by loving ourselves first. When we can treat ourselves a little better...like we actually matter - that is when we set the stage for change and educating people about who it is we really are and can be.
When we can start treating ourselves like we matter, that is when the world sees us as more than what they make us out to be.
So let's show them, after all, we aren't just labels... we are much more than that.
And that is the beauty of it all.
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