Mental health is a delicate topic, and it's often difficult to know what you should be doing. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself wondering how your friends who are going through tough times are doing. Although it can be difficult not being able to directly help someone, it really helps to have a perspective on the situation. 


People rarely celebrate their mental health victories. We make fun of people who do and shy away from the subject. But our mental health is just as important as any other aspect of our health and deserves to be celebrated.


These 10 mental health victories worth celebrating can help anyone in a rough patch gain that much needed perspective. 


  1. Feeling secure in your own skin


Feeling secure in your own skin is a mental health victory worth celebrating. It can be hard to feel good about yourself when you're struggling with a mental illness, and even harder to feel okay with how you look. But it's important to remember that you don't have to have perfect skin or a perfect body before you can love yourself, and you don't have to love yourself before you can love others, either. When we're so focused on the things we don't like about our bodies, it becomes easy to forget all the ways they serve us. Your body is one of the best tools you have for fighting the fight against depression and anxiety, and that means we need to start taking better care of ourselves.


Take some time every day to appreciate your body. You could get dressed up in something that makes you feel amazing (we have a great post all about that here), or maybe just wear those adorable pajamas that make you feel fabulous when no one's around! Whatever it is, take some time for yourself and really connect with what your body does for you.


Also, give yourself permission to be bad at things sometimes. This is easier said than done, but everyone has their off days—that's just life! 


  1. Accepting that you're a work in progress


The truth is, we're all works in progress. There will always be some aspect of our lives that we wish were better and that we are working on improving. It's not a bad thing—it's what keeps us growing and evolving! That said, it's not always easy to embrace this fact and accept ourselves as works in progress. Negative thoughts like “I'm a mess” or “I'm such a disappointment” can run through our minds and cause us to negatively judge ourselves for the ways in which we don't yet measure up to some standard.That's why it's extremely liberating when you realize that you don't have to live up to some idealized version of yourself that exists only in your mind. You can accept yourself just as you are right now, while at the same time acknowledging where you would like to improve. This is what makes you human—the fact that you are capable of growth and change. If you could be perfect right now, there'd be no point in living any longer!


  1. Being comfortable acknowledging the past and learning from it


Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about something that happened in your past, but felt embarrassed or too ashamed to bring it up? Maybe you were afraid of what the other person would think, and worried that they'd judge you. This is a common reaction. In fact, mental health professionals know that the more shame we feel about something, the more likely it is to cause us distress. And the more distress we feel about something, the harder it can be for us to express ourselves and make our needs known. It's a vicious cycle.


If you're feeling shame about an aspect of your past—whether it be personal, familial, or cultural—you might feel like you have to hide it from others so that they won't judge you for being “different.” But here's the thing: everyone has a past. And everyone's past has shaped who they are today. So if you find yourself in a position where you're able to admit what really happened—the good and the bad—then that's something worth celebrating! It means that your self-esteem is strong enough not just to accept your past as part of who you are now, but also value its influence on where your identity has developed into this point of time.


  1. Having a good sense of who you are and what you want out of life


When you have a good sense of who you are and what you want out of life, you're much less likely to be swayed by other people's ideas about what you should do. You're more inclined to listen to your own voice, rather than being pressured into following the crowd. You're also more likely to be able to recognize when someone is asking something of you that isn't in line with your own values.


Having this understanding of yourself is a great way to maintain your mental health because it can help you avoid becoming entangled in relationships that aren't good for you or otherwise getting involved in things that might trigger negative emotions or drain your energy. It can also mean that you'll be able to step back and recognize when there's something going on in your life that needs to change.


Having a clear vision of who you are as a person and what your priorities are doesn't mean that you're set for life. It doesn't mean that you have no questions about the future or no curiosity about other paths you could take. It simply means that, for the most part, you have a clear idea of who you are and the direction in which your life is headed—and it's very liberating!


  1. Understanding that life isn't perfect, and being OK with that


How many times have you felt like you've hit a wall, or that everything is going wrong? It's easy to take out your frustration on yourself, to keep holding yourself to an impossible standard and beating yourself up when you can't seem to get everything right. But here's the thing: life isn't perfect and we're all imperfect beings. When you accept that you're not always going to be able to control every aspect of your life, you begin to realize that it's OK if things don't always go your way. In fact, it's more than OK; it's vital for your mental health.


When you understand that life isn't perfect, and when you adjust your expectations as needed instead of holding onto years-old ideas about how things “should” be done or what others “should” think of your actions, it helps free up your mind from unnecessary stress.


  1. Knowing that other people's opinions of you don't matter


There is a lot of pressure placed on making a good first impression and living up to the expectations we have for ourselves. When we're meeting someone new, it's important that we feel comfortable, confident and happy in our own skin. Of course, this can be a challenge when we're constantly questioning our own worth—especially in situations where there's an expectation for us to be something other than what we are.


However, it's important that we learn not to worry about what other people think—and know that it doesn't matter. When you realize what you do is not only okay with you but also okay with everyone else, you're able to relax. You don't feel like you're getting judged or criticized for being who you are. So if you find yourself wondering why knowing that other people's opinions of you don't matter is a mental health victory worth celebrating.


  1. Having the strength to follow your own path


We may not be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we respond to it. We can choose how to show up in the world, how to take care of ourselves and how to live our lives. Taking care of yourself and staying true to yourself means having the strength and courage to make decisions that are right for you, even if they're not easy or popular. It means saying no when you'd rather say yes, going against the grain and doing things on your own terms. It means trusting your gut, knowing what you need and having the courage to go after it.


The world has a way of telling us that we need to live up to certain expectations—that we need to work a certain kind of job by a certain age and get married by a certain age and have kids by a certain age. There's pressure from others about what constitutes “successful” or “happy.” But when you're paying attention, you'll notice that those pressures are often just projections. That is, people are often projecting their own fears and regrets onto you—and it's up to you whether or not you listen.


  1. Being comfortable admitting when you don't know something or need help 


Asking for help can be difficult. It means exposing our vulnerabilities, and that makes us feel raw and exposed.


But the truth is, no one can go it alone. We all need a little help sometimes—and that's perfectly okay.


Asking for help is hard to do, especially when life feels overwhelming. And sometimes, we can get so overwhelmed that we lose sight of what's important and stop taking care of ourselves—which makes it even more important to ask for help.


Whether you're feeling anxious, depressed, or just plain stressed out, asking for help might seem like the last thing you want to do. But by doing so, you're taking a brave step toward self-care and nudging yourself toward healing and growth—both mentally and emotionally.


If you're not sure where to start (or how to break down your goals into baby steps), talk with a mental health professional. Yes, it can feel scary at first—but remember that having a mental health condition doesn't make you weak or broken; it makes you human. Asking for support is an act of courage—and one that deserves recognition as such!


  1. Feeling proud of yourself for trying new things and not giving up on yourself 


The most important part of any mental health journey is to feel proud of yourself.


It's easy to get down on yourself when you've been experiencing depression, anxiety, or some other form of mental illness. Many people suffer from low self-esteem because they're convinced that they aren't good enough.


But that's exactly why you should take a moment to celebrate the small victories in your recovery—like trying something new or going to therapy. These seemingly insignificant moments might seem like no big deal, but they're actually important steps in the right direction.


It's easy to get down on yourself when you've been experiencing depression, anxiety, or some other form of mental illness. Many people suffer from low self-esteem because they're convinced that they aren't good enough.


But that's exactly why you should take a moment to celebrate the small victories in your recovery—like trying something new or going to therapy. These seemingly insignificant moments might seem like no big deal, but they're actually important steps in the right direction.


  1. Feeling proud of yourself for just getting through another day


Sometimes we have enough strength just to get through the day, and that's okay.


I am proud of myself for having the courage to write this article. I am proud of myself for getting dressed today, and even putting on a little bit of makeup. I'm proud of myself for not crying every time someone asked me a question, or giving in to my urge to cancel all my plans and stay inside my home for the rest of eternity. I am proud of myself for leaving my bed this morning, for making it through a day without any major mishaps or emotional breakdowns.


Sometimes, when you're struggling with your mental health, having the courage to get out of bed and make yourself something to eat is a victory worth celebrating. Sometimes being able to walk into work without crying is an accomplishment worthy of praise. Sometimes remembering to take your medication or go to therapy is reason enough to be proud of yourself. Sometimes breathing in and out without feeling like you're going to completely lose it is a battle worth fighting—and winning.


Yes, mental health still has a long way to go as an issue. The claims are true, the stigma is real. But I think we can all agree that it's good to celebrate the victories that come along with fighting such an often-misunderstood issue, and give credit where credit is due. With many victories to choose from, it's hard to settle on only ten—but these should serve as a starting point for any list. Maybe one of them will resonate with you personally; maybe they'll help you spread the word and further raise awareness; maybe they'll just give you something uplifting to reflect upon as you face your own personal struggles with mental health.


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