Updated: Nov 3
In this day and age, it is easy to get caught up with toxicity and negativity. It seems easier to acknowledge our so-called ‘failures’, rather than celebrating and placing importance on our accomplishments. One way of doing this is realising how much you have improved and appreciating your position in life. Even just recognising the smallest changes in life, like having an extra glass of water today, can benefit your overall mental health.
One sign is that you’ve accomplished some of the goals you’ve set for yourself. As humans, we are built to naturally see the problems and easily punish ourselves for bad behaviour. Poor performances are quickly condemned in our minds, and guilt can rise to the surface. Our mindset can bring us down when we feel we’ve failed, and this usually results in giving up on dreams and goals. You may not have accomplished all that you have wanted, but taking some time to reflect on the goals that you have achieved is a sign of improvement. You are moving forward and have put yourself as a priority.
Another sign may be that you have better boundaries and are sticking to them. A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. It separates your physical space, your feelings, needs, and responsibilities from others. Your boundaries also tell other people how they can treat you – what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Without boundaries, people may take advantage of you because you haven’t set limits about how you expect to be treated. By respecting your boundaries and others, you become aware of yourself and allow yourself to improve mentally. You can acknowledge your own needs.
You make time for self-care. The WHO definition for self-care is:
‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’
It can be hard to find time to incorporate self-care into our crazy busy schedules. If you prioritise this, it is a sign that your mental health is improving. You can put yourself first and take time to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.
You will also see a change in judgement and there is no need for external validation. You begin to trust your judgement and have security in yourself. You feel happy with the decisions you make and can feel a sense. You can recognize and accept our strengths and shortcomings. You can learn self-validation. You can step out of your comfort zone.
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