For people with mental health disorders, therapists and other members of the medical team focused on the most important thing – their treatment. However, sometimes no matter how much work is done for the patients to help them learn how to thrive and survive, it will not be as effective if the patient does not commit to doing his part. Ultimately, it is upon the patient to improve and get better. That’s why empowerment is a relevant parcel of treating mental health disorders. If a patient is empowered, he has the confidence and courage to battle the symptoms of his specific illness.
Self-Empowerment For Prevention
There have been several studies on self-empowerment as a form of treating mental illness, and these have supported the fact that there is truly a very powerful relationship between self-confidence and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. This also proved that the destruction of oneself and the destruction of a mental health condition are linked, and that self-empowerment can be utilized as a tool that is essential in getting rid of negative patterns that in most cases turn into actual depression or anxiety. But it is necessary to state that not all individuals need empowerment to avoid a mental health condition. There are just a lot of those who are more vulnerable to symptoms compared to others. They can be more susceptible to panic attacks and depression and therefore seek ways to empower themselves so that they can reduce the negativity in their psyche.
Self-empowerment isn’t only about finding ways so one can be comfortable and secure of himself. It’s also about being open to the choices he has in life and believing that he can choose what’s best for him – or what makes him happy – amidst the presence of mental illness. Empowering oneself is also about being able to say no to the devastating effects of a disease like schizophrenia or PTSD. It is accepting that the disease may stay with him as long as he lives but still manages to thrive and live with it successfully.
Means Of Self-Empowerment
Personal empowerment can come from various sources. Sometimes the medical team helps you find those sources, but mostly it’s on the individual with the mental health condition. He must seek that for himself and discover the places or situations that relax him and secure him even outside his comfort zone. He must find what makes him empowered and continue doing these things so he can live his life fully – with or without his disease.
- Choose A Hobby. Finding an interesting hobby to do is one way of preventing negativity from persisting. You can relive a past hobby that you had left when you got depressed or were diagnosed with a mental health condition. Or better yet, you can start a more challenging activity, one that heightens your focus so you can move your energy from the negative thoughts to the positive ones.
- Socialize. Social interactions have many advantages. It improves the ability of an individual to make conversations with others, subsequently building confidence and empowering oneself to talk about anything without getting into a bad mood or temperament. Socializing can also be a source of learning new things and sharing one’s knowledge or expertise on something with others.
- Family Time. The family is one of the strongholds, if not the stronghold, of someone with a mental illness. When the family is around, you feel like someone’s got your back. Spending time with family alleviates such diseases like depression and anxiety, and the other members are also as committed as you to help get rid or prevent the mentally ill individual from being affected by his symptoms. Family time cultivates compassion, understanding, and love. According to licensed counselor Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W., “When you are feeling a bit ungrounded, support from others can help you keep perspective and moving ahead.”
- Talk To A Friend Or Therapist. Don’t keep your frustrations to yourself. Release your fears and your hidden desires with a close friend whom you can trust. It helps to lighten the load and the mood. When at that moment, friends or family are not around, do talk with a therapist who is better equipped at handling your pent-up emotions than others. Toby D. Goldsmith, MD suggests, “Please find a way to reach out to get help from a trusted person in your circle of friends or family. If not one of them, then talk to a doctor or therapist about your situation. They can help you find resources and get you further help.”
When you are hostage to a debilitating mental condition, you tend to redefine yourself with self-doubt and fear. You will be frustrated and think that you will never get better. But there is a way out, and the ways mentioned above are tried and tested to help overcome its symptoms. When one is empowered and assured in his capacity to make healthy choices, accept his limitations, and desire to live fully, then in one way or another he is opposing his mental condition and weakening the position it has in his life. As what Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. shared, “The more self-love you have for yourself, the better prepared you are for healthy relating. Even more, you will start to attract people and circumstances to you that support your well-being.”