Your Toughest Mental Health Goal? Being Kinder to Yourself

We can be hard on ourselves. We often focus on our perceived limitations and get caught in a cycle of self-reproach and criticism. This self-punitive attitude can distance us from others, as we might feel unworthy of or a burden to other people, increasing our disconnectedness and loneliness. This is mirrored by activation patterns in the brain: Isolation and poor self-esteem have been associated with altered activity in areas connected to motivation, reward and stress response. Low self-esteem and social isolation go hand-in-hand. But the opposite is also true: Treating ourselves well is connected with positive feelings toward others and gratitude about life.

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Mental Health Resources

PLEASE know there are people and resources you can turn to for help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety or mental health, there are ways to get help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
If texting is preferred, text HOME to 741741
Agri Stress 1-833-897-2474
Farm Aid 1-800-327-6243
Learn more about the Lifeline & 988