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7 Empowering Affirmations That Will Help You Be Mentally Strong

7 Empowering Affirmations That Will Help You Be Mentally Strong

Mentally strong people weren’t born that way. They probably used to doubt themselves just like you. To develop confidence in yourself, remember these affirmations that will help you be mentally strong.

1. “Nothing can break me.”

Mentally strong people don’t allow any negative event to destroy them emotionally. It’s okay to get upset, but it’s NOT okay to let your circumstances become a tyrant that steals your joy. It might be helpful to find a role-model who surmounted an obstacle far greater than anything you have ever faced. Stevie Wonder became a master pianist, despite being blind; Thomas Edison invented the light-bulb, despite failing a thousand times; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer prevented the apocalypse, despite struggling with emotional turmoil so severe that she wished she would die.

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2. “I am the CEO of my life.”

Mentally strong people don’t blame other people for their lack of success. We all learn and grow at our own pace, and it is okay to make mistakes (look at these like, “learning opportunities in disguise”)… but it’s NOT okay to refuse to accept personal responsibility. A lot of people don’t view themselves as the powerful CEO they are, but rather a janitor who reluctantly cleans up messes when they must. This self-defeating attitude will result in a purposeless life where you meander through your days without any idea of what you hope to accomplish.

3. “I have the power to choose.”

Mentally strong people don’t agonize over every decision. Planning is often procrastination in disguise. It is okay to make a plan for important matters that include variables that must be considered, but it’s NOT okay to treat trivial things (like what you’re going to wear today) as if it is a life-changing decision. Success is reserved for people who have the courage to act swiftly and decisively, without obsessing over a future outcome that is beyond their control.

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4. “If I don’t believe in myself, why should anyone else?”

Mentally strong people don’t question their abilities. Of course, it is okay to seek knowledge that will make you a stronger person, but it’s NOT okay think every problem can be solved with a textbook solution. Doubting yourself will only discourage you from pursuing difficult (but worthwhile) goals that would make you feel happy and fulfilled. Believing in yourself will encourage you to trust your intuition and open more possibilities than you can imagine.

5. “To take care of others, I must first take care of myself.”

Mentally strong people don’t put the wants of others before their own needs. While it is okay to care for your friends and family, it’s NOT okay to let your health suffer as a consequence. I know it can be hard to find the time to eat healthy and exercise if you’re a busy parent, but don’t you think it would be silly to expect your children to take their health seriously if you’re not a positive example? Your words will have no impact if they aren’t in alignment with your actions.

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6. “My goal is important to me, because ___________.”

Mentally strong people don’t pursue a goal without a passionate reason for doing it. It is okay to get confused about what you want sometimes, but it’s NOT okay to never stop and consider the point. If you want to lose weight, for example, it might be helpful to consider how being fit would benefit you emotionally. Imagine how sexy you would feel when you put on a new skirt for the first time; how strong you would feel when you can carry your grocery bags with ease; how happy you would feel when you can keep up with your kids at the park.

7. “Life is like a video-game. I can push ‘Continue’ as many times as I need to.”

Mentally strong people don’t give up on their dreams just because of temporary defeat. Not all ideas are good ones, so it’s okay to change your mind (even dramatically!) about what you desire from life; but it’s NOT okay to kid yourself into thinking you are a failure. No one ever achieved anything worth doing without first falling on their face a few times. I know some people might look like they experienced a sudden rise to stardom, but I can promise that’s not the case. They probably faced a long list of struggles and hardships that you don’t know about. Your success is not determined by the actions you take initially, but rather your ability to react to unexpected situations in a positive fashion.

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Last Updated on June 24, 2019

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

Social Media Could Lead to Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

• low self-esteem,

• negative self-talk,

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• a low mood,

• irritability,

• a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

• and social withdrawal.

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

Why We Need to Take This Seriously

Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Advice on Social Media Use

Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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