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Shame can be a significant factor in deciding to seek help and treatment for your mental health issues or addiction. You may feel ashamed and not want to tell anyone that you are struggling. Know that you are not alone. Learning to understand your shame will help you to work through it. The following suggestions can help you begin your journey towards healing and happiness.

Ask Questions 

If you have begun working with a mental health professional or recently received a diagnosis, ask questions. When you understand what you are experiencing, it will help you to feel more confident and comfortable.

Connect With Others 

Connecting with others who are experiencing similar situations or feelings can be a great experience. Having contact with others who understand what you are going through can help to build self-esteem and confidence.

Practice Compassion 

Work on giving yourself a break. Remember your journey and your self-worth. Mental health issues are often very complex. Sometimes it can be challenging to fully grasp and understand how your mental health struggles impact different emotions, such as feelings of shame or self-worth.

When strong negative emotions arise, try to hit the pause button. What exactly are you feeling? Who is involved in the situation? When you can better understand what you are feeling and the triggers involved, you can better learn how to overcome those challenges.

Work With a Mental Health Professional 

Feelings of shame can be very intense and affect every area of life. Often shame can lead to isolation. Understanding where these feelings come from can be a difficult task that is often best approached with a mental health professional. Find a professional that can help you learn more about your mental health and better maintain your overall well-being. They will help you better understand how your mental health issues affect or create feelings such as shame.

Feelings of shame can have a tremendously negative impact on your overall well-being. Understanding your shame and where it is stemming from is a significant part of recovery. Try to learn more about your mental health issues, and it’s connection to your negative feelings. Showing yourself compassion and working with a professional can help. Here at The Guest House, we know how intense emotions such as shame can be. It can be hard to know how to begin to feel better. We are here to help. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.