When it comes to good health, it’s not uncommon to immediately think of diet and physical activity. Too often, mental health, an integral part of being healthy, is overlooked.
The best time to start looking after your mental health is now. Unplug from your daily responsibilities and take a break from work. Taking vacations, either a trip or just staying home and doing things you enjoy is something you can do to give yourself a mental health break.
If staying home while using vacation time from work is stressful because you find yourself overwhelmed with chores you need to do around the house, it’s time to get away! Look into booking a stay where you can absorb the tranquility the crashing waves and sunshine have to offer. Whether you decide to do a road trip or catch a flight, shop the most flattering bikini sets and get ready to recharge your battery.
Did you just think you could never wear a bikini in public? Newsflash: absolutely every and any body can wear a bikini. It’s not just for the image of a perfect body. The only thing standing between you and the two-piece swimwear is the act of literally putting the bikini on.
Squash that voice in your head that tells you your body is not worthy of wearing a two-piece. The only way to do that is to work on your self-esteem. self-esteem is your perception of your worth. A healthy self-esteem offers motivation. In fact, it helps your overall quality of life.
The Importance of Self-Esteem
Self-esteem isn’t just about embracing certain things about yourself and/or your body. Its importance is much more encompassing. It helps you with your decision-making, interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.
When you have a healthy self-esteem, you:
- Are sure of your skills and abilities
- Are more likely to take on new challenges
- Maintain realistic expectations of yourself and others
- Able to clearly communicate how you feel and what you need
Having healthy self-esteem is a delicate balance. You need to have a realistic perception of yourself without allowing it to be over-inflated or distorted. If you have an inflated sense of self-esteem, your interpersonal relationships will suffer because you won’t realize you have room for improvement. You may overestimate your abilities because a sense of entitlement shadows your actual skill set.
On the other hand, low self-esteem will keep you from reaching certain goals because you think they’re out of your reach and won’t even try. You certainly won’t step outside your comfort zone and try new things; usually out of fear of failing. If you are unable to love yourself, your relationships will suffer.
Regardless of your current self-esteem, there are things you can do to make improvements to strike a happy balance.
- Recognize and evaluate negative thoughts – understand how negativity can impact your way of thinking.
- Change negative thinking patterns – when negative thoughts creep in, put a positive spin on them. Don’t accept the negativity, instead find the positive and keep your thoughts realistic.
- Engage in self-talk – instead of beating yourself up about something you can’t change, talk to yourself as you would to a friend coming to you with the same issue. When giving friends advice you stay positive and encouraging. You owe yourself the same.
- Have some self-compassion – Embrace and accept you will make mistakes. Learn from them and allow yourself to grow so you don’t repeat them.
If you are your own worst enemy, you’re not alone. That’s not to say you can’t turn it around. Be gentle with yourself and be as good of a friend to yourself as you are to others.