Eastern philosophies (such as yoga) teach the mind-body connection and how the two are intertwined. If you’ve ever suffered from acne, you know that it affects you emotionally as well as physically that can leave scars on your complexion as well as your spirit.
Don’t let acne bury your true self and keep you from real happiness. Follow these steps to restore your spirit and recover from any negative emotions and feelings that can sometimes plague acne sufferers.
1. Identify your feelings
In order to deal effectively with your emotions, you need to know exactly what they are. Chances are it’s not the acne itself that causes your feelings but your perception of how you are seen by others. Be honest with yourself and don’t pass judgment on any of your thoughts. Writing in a journal can help you to identify those feelings.
2. Be kind to yourself
If your self-esteem is low, you probably avoid social situations or other enjoyable activities, believing that you don’t “deserve” happiness. It’s time to start changing your self-talk and recognize that acne does not define you. Get in the habit of treating yourself occasionally with a massage, a new book, or even a few moments in a coffee shop relaxing over a latte. Learn to be your own best friend.
3. Find ways to relieve stress
There have been a number of studies showing the negative impact of stress on physical and mental well-being. As the stress intensifies your emotional difficulties, it turns into a vicious circle. Yoga is an excellent method of stress relief, but the important thing is to find an activity or technique that works to reduce stress levels.
4. Talk to others
Emotional difficulties become magnified because people believe that they’re the only ones dealing with their problems, adding shame and guilt to the mix. You may be surprised at what a difference it makes just getting your feelings out in the open. If you’re not comfortable at first talking to a friend or family member, your physician or dermatologist should be able to help you find a support group. There are also numerous online forums and groups where you can be anonymous if that helps you open up.
5. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help
If there’s something wrong with your body, you don’t hesitate to consult a doctor. It’s no different with your emotional state. There is no shame in reaching out for help if you’re having a hard time coping. Ask your primary care physician for a referral to a counselor who will have effective methods to treat your emotional distress.
You have unique gifts and abilities won’t change because of an acne problem. It takes a serious commitment, but you can release your self-esteem from the emotional prison that acne sufferers face with a willingness to be honest, open and willing to talk about the feelings you’re experiencing as the result of your acne.