I was severely depressed during my twenties. I tried many different things in life but constantly failed. Once I turned thirty, I found a way to stay healthy and balanced, while I built my life. And, here I am, 30 and in a better place.
One major factor in my rehabilitation is confidence. I was stripped of all my confidence by the depression. While I am getting better, I am still unemployed and it’s easy to think that I am a loser.
I am working on a web design certificate and one way that I found to increase my sense of legitimacy was to build a web portfolio. And, this helped me greatly. It made me feel like I am doing something with my life and I am good at it. It helped me when relating to people outside of the mental health arena. It helped with friends and family when I feel like I don’t ‘stack up’ to them.
This is a technique that you can use in your own life. Regardless of your level of functioning, find things that you can do to increase your confidence.
After all, confidence is one of the biggest components of a mental health rehabilitation.