How to Believe in Yourself When You Face Mental Health Challenges

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You can believe in yourself even when you face mental health challenges.

How to Believe in Yourself When You Face Mental Health Challenges

You can believe in yourself even when you face mental health challenges. Mental illness sometimes makes it hard to feel confident. This feeling, though, is just a nasty trick mental illness plays on people's thoughts and emotions.

An important early step in believing in yourself, also called self-efficacy, is remembering that Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety. Mental illness is something you live with, but it's not your identity. Begin to see yourself as the whole person you are; you're more than your symptoms. Here are three other ways to believe in yourself when you face mental health challenges:

  • Identify your unique character strengths, as these are at your core.
  • Keep track of all of your accomplishments. Starting with getting out of bed even when you don't think you can, identify what you're doing well throughout the day.
  • Set a new goal every day, no matter how small. When you accomplish it, celebrate by doing something special.

Focusing on what you can do rather than what you can't is a powerful way to believe in yourself. Really examining who you are based on your strengths and abilities prevents mental health challenges from overshadowing everything wonderful about you.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

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

  1. Keeping a Job When You Have Bipolar Disorder
  2. How Social Media Messes With Your Confidence
  3. Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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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.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • A Lack Of Sleep Appears To Affect One's Emotions, Leading To A Loss Of Perspective
  • Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked To Autism
  • Study Reports Childhood Family Breakups Harder On Girls' Health
  • A New Study Shows That Assisting Friends And Strangers Can Mitigate Ill Effects Of Stress
  • Psychotherapy Linked To Changes In Activation Patterns In The Brain In Patients With BPD
  • Stress Appears To Contribute To Alzheimer's
  • Playing 3D Video Games Was Found To Boost Memory Performance By Around 12%

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2015, December 22). How to Believe in Yourself When You Face Mental Health Challenges, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Last Updated: October 9, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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