- Se'Lena Wingfield, Ph.D.
The Power of Authenticity: How Being True to Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
Being true to oneself is crucial for maintaining good mental health. It means being honest with oneself, acknowledging one's strengths and weaknesses, values, and beliefs, and living in accordance with them. When people try to be someone they are not, or suppress their true emotions and thoughts to fit in with others or meet societal expectations, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and a lack of fulfillment. When someone is not true to themselves, they may struggle with self-esteem, confidence, and identity. Eventually, this can lead to a range of mental health issues that can impact both their personal and professional lives. By staying true to oneself, individuals can cultivate a positive self-image, better cope with stress, and make healthier decisions. This can increase happiness and life satisfaction, which are essential for good mental health. It's important to remember that being true to oneself is a continuous process that requires self-reflection, introspection, and self-awareness. It may also involve making difficult decisions, such as ending toxic relationships or pursuing a career that aligns with one's passions.