3 Things to Stop Doing Immediately

There's no guide when it comes to living with chronic conditions, especially ones that impact your outward appearance as well as your body internally. There's no "How To" books on how to deal with your diagnosis. There's no perfect way to live life no matter what you're dealing with.

Making matters worse

Whether it's atopic dermatitis or simply a bad hair day, there's no right or wrong way to handle the problems you face. There is, however, many ways to make issues worse. There are many things we do in our day to day lives that are unnecessary and hurtful to ourselves.

Adding stress

Addressing your problems is key to balancing your life and your condition. Many of us are putting unnecessary stress and unrealistic expectations on ourselves. And for what? There's no prize for beating yourself up. There's no reward for pushing the self destruct button on our bodies daily. On the other hand, there is a reward for ditching negative habits.

3 things to stop doing:

One thing that's very important, but widely underestimated is mental health. The importance of taking care of your mental health cannot be stressed enough. Without mental health, you can't have physical health.
Another thing people fail to realize is how much your thoughts and actions actually have a direct impact on your mental health.

Allowing negative thoughts

Positive self-talk is key to sustaining mental health. One thing you should stop immediately is talking negatively about your body.

This has no positive impact on your life or health in any way. If anything it just makes things worse. Make time every day to write down something you genuinely love about yourself. Every day it will become easier. Stop allowing negative thoughts and feelings to control your life.

Letting someone else determine your worth

Don't allow someone else's opinion of your body break you down. You are much stronger than that. Allowing outside opinions to determine your own will never work out in your favor.

Everyone has an opinion and not all are justified. Live life without the worry of what everyone else is thinking. If you want to wear short sleeves, wear them! Don't let your condition stop you from doing what you want or need to do. Be yourself. Be free. No one can tell you what you can and can't wear. Well, unless it's your manager. They can tell you what you can and can't wear (to work).

Judging yourself

Allow yourself room to be imperfect. Don't place the constant burden of criticizing yourself on top of everything else you have to face. It's okay to not be perfect. No one on this Earth is. Once you realize and accept that, you will soon realize life is much more peaceful and balanced.

Don't settle, but don't focus so much on portraying yourself as something you're not. More people live with atopic dermatitis than you know. I find more often than not that if the person I am speaking to (about my condition) doesn't have it, they know someone who does. Stop judging yourself. Don't be your own worst enemy.

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