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I recently had a conversation with someone about strategies to break bad habits, and I was reminded of my binge eating disorder (BED) recovery. By nature, whenever I set a new goal to break or create a habit, I want change to happen immediately. I try to go cold turkey and quit the bad habit overnight. Or, I change many habits at once instead of making small changes over time.
Talking openly about anxiety, or any mental illness, is a relatively new concept. For many, it can be a terrifying notion. It wasn't that long ago that psychiatric illnesses were not only a blight on the individual but on the whole family, as well. This is finally changing.
There are many reasons people have low self-esteem, some of which include hard times involving rejection, disappointments, loneliness, and unemployment. While it is normal to have negative thoughts, ruminating on them is not helpful. Instead, advocating for your mental health will help you find acceptance and self-love. Here are five strategies to implement when you are dealing with low self-esteem during difficult times.
When "After Life" first hit Netflix in 2019, I was immediately in love with a show that deals with mental health, and raving about it. Now, three years later, after watching the final season, I’m raving about it all the more. Back then, I wrote about how impressed I was with how the show handles topics like grief and mental health struggles. Now, wiping away my tears thanks to the final episode, I’m here to say we need more shows like "After Life."
Toxic positivity seems to be popping up everywhere on social media. Scrolling through Instagram, I see at least two or three posts a day promoting a view on positivity that may actually be counterintuitive to true happiness. People may ask, "What's the big deal with toxic positivity?" The answer is, in my experience, toxic positivity can do more harm than good in promoting mental health wellness.
As the youngest in a slightly dysfunctional family full of addiction and mental illness, it was no surprise that I would eventually find myself battling those same demons. I grew up surrounded by booze, drugs, and chaos with very little conversation on the seriousness of alcohol abuse and addiction.
Once you suffer from verbal abuse, it can be hard to see a life without it. I have often found myself over-analyzing responses from people trying to decipher if they are genuine or have an underlying harmful intent. It can be challenging to look past the hostile environment that one is accustomed to and see that there are positive people in the world who do not cause harm. 
I have a slight tear in the meniscus of my left knee, and the whole situation stinks. For weeks, I could barely walk. My knee is getting better now, thanks to physical therapy. Not only is the physical therapy making my knee better--and hence making my schizoaffective disorder better--but the fact that I have to drive somewhere in the snow and ice of a Chicago winter twice a week is chipping away at my fear of driving.
It's hard to know when to ask for help—and, for many, the asking is hard, too. But for an issue as serious as self-harm, getting self-help can be a key stepping stone on the path to self-injury recovery.
My name is Robert Vickens and I’m the new author on "Creative Schizophrenia." I’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I know we can achieve great things when we have the proper support and treatment. That is what my writing will focus on, treatment and support.

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Emma Parten
I agree, Lizanne. It's so true that recovery can become overwhelming. It's such a powerful tool to know what habits help bring us back into a positive cycle if we fall off track along the way. Thank you for your insight, take good care.
Liana M. Scott
Hi Lizanne. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Anxiety not only feeds off our insecurities, but it also seems to strangle us. Our minds race but we're strangled and unable to open up. Sharing those first few times—saying the words out loud—takes that heavy burden from our shoulders. It's such a relief!
Natasha Tracy
Hi Manny,

Thank you for your comment.

I understand your concern however, I would suggest it's nothing like the words you denote with letters. Those are specific epithets. "Crazy" is just a regular word with a definition that you find in the dictionary. It is not hate speech. You would never find me engaging in hate speech against any group.

As for the word "crazy," I have come out in favor of it many times. I have bipolar disorder and I choose the words that I use to describe my own experiences. You may choose different words, and that's okay. Not everything I write speaks to every person but the word "crazy" does, indeed, speak to many people.

PS: I have been writing about bipolar disorder for 19 years now and have done more to quell mental illness stigma than most people on the planet combined.

- Natasha Tracy
Lizanne Corbit
I found this read to be incredibly comforting. I like your suggestion to counter every negative thought with a positive one. I can see that being the kind of thing that might seem hard at first but once it was put into action, it would become easier and easier to do and the result would be so encouraging. This is beautiful, "you will learn to accept your circumstances without letting them define your self-worth or your life."
Lizanne Corbit
I love this, "more often than not, people are curious, compassionate, and supportive." I couldn't agree more. It can be the scariest thing to talk about something like our struggle with anxiety, but amazingly when we get past the fear to do just that we are often so rewarded. Anxiety loves shame and secrecy, it feeds off of it. When we talk about it, it seems to shrink instead of grow.