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It can be insulting and patronizing to hear someone tell you “you really should see a shrink.” Unfortunately, this reaction is largely the result of the stigma that surrounds mental wellness. The fact is, people go to the doctor once or twice a year, not because they’re sick, but because they want to see if everything is all right. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT can be part of our regular health routine as well; the mind is just as important as the body in supporting overall wellness.

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1. Self-Acceptance

Being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, talents, and abilities changes how you walk in the world. In the quest to improve self-esteem, the process of self-rating can be harmful. This is why some therapists combine teaching self-esteem and unconditional self-acceptance, where you accept your whole self regardless of what you or others think might be "wrong."

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