Mental Health

100 Achievements You Should Give Yourself More Credit For

The other day I was talking with my therapist about self-esteem. We talked about how to build up your own self-esteem, and how we deplete our own self-esteem. We also talked about how unbalanced those things usually are. We tend to load on the guilt when we make a mistake, but we are very shy to give ourselves a boost when we’ve done something good. Sure, we might have a few big achievements we allow ourselves to be proud of, such as graduation, getting a job or a raise, and other huge life milestones. But those are far between, and for most people, we do many things everyday that are worth some more acknowledgment. So here are a list of things that I think we should all give ourselves some more credit for. These are also acts that can be acts of self-care.

  1. Complimenting someone else
  2. Doing something nice for a stranger
  3. Going to bed early
  4. Getting up early
  5. Doing chores, especially the ones you dislike most
  6. Doing chores when your mental illness is making it harder
  7. Taking care of a dependant
  8. Growing and tending to a plant or lawn
  9. Recycling
  10. Giving advice to a friend
  11. Thanking someone for their place in your life
  12. Being fair and forgiving yourself when you’ve made a mistake
  13. Learning a new skill
  14. Honing a skill you enjoy
  15. Taking your medication on time
  16. Preparing a meal for yourself and/or your family
  17. Choosing a healthy food over an unhealthy one
  18. Donating to charity
  19. Sharing truthful information with others (kindly)
  20. Learning more about the world
  21. Informing yourself about current events (politics, economy, etc)
  22. Reassuring a friend about something they’re insecure about
  23. Helping a friend improve in an area they’re insecure about
  24. Building or creating something new
  25. Taking time to attend to all of your hygiene needs
  26. Attending to your hygiene when your mental illness is making it harder
  27. Spending time outside
  28. Exercising
  29. Exercising when your mental illness is making harder
  30. Buying a gift for someone else
  31. Using social media to spread awareness of important issues
  32. Spending time with your family
  33. Preserving nature and enjoying it
  34. Complimenting a project that someone has been working on
  35. Offering to help a friend with something that is bothering them
  36. Allowing a friend to vent their feelings about something without interrupting
  37. Sharing your own feelings with someone you trust
  38. Giving yourself extra time to rest when you know you need it
  39. Listening to your body to better understand its needs
  40. Reducing waste by reusing old things again
  41. Visiting elderly family members outside of special events where you’re expected to do so
  42. Resisting the urge to let your negative emotions out on someone innocent
  43. Forgiving someone for taking their negative feelings out on you when you didn’t deserve it
  44. Eating full meals, even when you don’t want to
  45. Eating full meals when your mental illness is making it difficult
  46. Rewarding yourself for doing something you didn’t want to do or took a lot of work
  47. Reflecting on past hardships and being proud of overcoming them
  48. Reminding someone else about their past hardships and crediting them for overcoming them
  49. Trying to sleep even if you think you have “more important” things to do
  50. Trying to sleep even if your anxiety is trying to keep you up
  51. Waking up in the morning even if your depression is trying to keep you down
  52. Being aware of whether you’re actually up for socializing and doing that
  53. Indulging in artistic interests and creation
  54. Accepting help when you need it
  55. Fully hydrating yourself with water
  56. Eating your required daily amount of fruits and vegetables
  57. Taking a vitamin in order to supplement your diet
  58. Not judging yourself on interests that might not be socially acceptable (having stuffed animals, watching children shows, etc)
  59. Spending less time online
  60. Going to the doctor
  61. Obeying your doctor’s instructions to be more healthy
  62. Going to the dentist
  63. Going to therapy or a counselor
  64. Obeying your therapist or counselor’s instructions to be more healthy
  65. Paying your bills, especially on time
  66. Running errands, especially the more mundane and boring ones (going to the bank, going to the DMV, grocery shopping, etc)
  67. Running errands, even when your mental illness is exhausting you
  68. Choosing your priority indulgences and restricting extra spending to them
  69. Keeping your work space tidy and efficient
  70. Helping a coworker without expecting a favor in return
  71. Going to work even though you don’t love your job
  72. Taking a mental health or physical health day off
  73. Taking any and all steps towards getting a job you enjoy more
  74. Putting in the work to get a job (applying, going to interviews, networking, etc)
  75. Tracking your mood and listening to your mood as an indicator of your wellbeing
  76. Doing things to make you feel more confident, whether that’s by dressing up or dressing down
  77. Organizing your thoughts in order to be more clear headed
  78. Protesting against injustices
  79. Valuing your own voice enough to put it into the political conversation
  80. Valuing the voices of others enough to listen to them
  81. Working on improving your positive habits
  82. Working on decreasing your negative habits
  83. Breaking a vice
  84. Helping someone else break a vice
  85. Standing up for your beliefs, especially when they are challenged
  86. Allowing your beliefs to be flexible when faced with opposing evidence
  87. Giving up something you want for something you need
  88. Apologizing when you are in the wrong
  89. Accepting an apology when someone else can admit they were in the wrong
  90. Being patient with someone elderly or very young
  91. Setting goals for yourself to work towards them
  92. Working towards those goals
  93. Brushing AND flossing your teeth
  94. Choosing a more environmentally friendly option
  95. Defending a customer service worker who can’t defend themselves
  96. Being polite to a customer service worker, even if you aren’t getting what you want
  97. Standing up for yourself when someone else is being rude or undermining you
  98. Standing up for someone else when they are being treated rudely or being underminded
  99. Getting involved in local community events and development
  100. Reminding yourself that you’re a human being, with all the talents and mistakes that come with that. You deserve a fair treatment from yourself.





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