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You Are Enough: Overcoming Self-Doubt Through Accessible Mental Health Support

In a world where young adults constantly face pressures from all sides—be it from social media, academic expectations, or personal relationships—the quest for emotional stability can often seem like a distant dream. The fear of not being "good enough" permeates many aspects of life, leaving individuals feeling isolated and overwhelmed. However, accessible mental health support can serve as a bridge to overcoming these challenges, proving that, "You are enough."

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The Reality of Mental Health Accessibility

Recent studies have revealed that a significant number of young adults who suffer from mental illness do not receive the necessary mental health services that they need. More specifically, the data has shown that the percentage is over 60%. This is concerning because when left untreated, mental health issues can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. The primary reasons for this discrepancy include; the stigma surrounding mental health, a lack of access to care, and an unawareness of available resources.

These barriers can leave many people feeling isolated and overwhelmed, which can further exacerbate their mental health issues. On a more positive note, there is a growing trend towards making mental health care more accessible and understanding. Mental health professionals, advocacy groups, and community organizations are working tirelessly to remove the stigma surrounding mental health to provide more resources and support to those who need it.

Tips for emotional stability for young adults

Desiring Emotional Stability

Developing emotional stability is critical for maintaining healthy relationships and a sound mind. It involves being able to regulate your emotions effectively and respond to challenging situations in a rational and level-headed manner. However, achieving emotional stability can be a challenging journey, particularly for young people who are often faced with numerous external pressures and stressors.

Emotional intelligence is a crucial skill that can help individuals build a strong foundation for emotional stability. Emotional intelligence involves understanding and managing your emotions. This skill can be developed through various practices, including mindfulness, reflective journaling, and open communication.

Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence:

  • Mindfulness is a practice that involves being present and aware of your thoughts and emotions without judgment, which can help you understand how you think and feel.

  • Reflective journaling involves regularly writing down your thoughts and feelings, which can help you gain insight into your emotions and develop a greater understanding of how to manage them.

  • Open communication is being able to express your feelings and needs to others clearly and concisely. This helps you to build stronger relationships and avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.

How to deal with feeling not good enough?


How do you feel about seeking mental health support?

  • I'm comfortable and know where to go

  • I'm hesitant but open to trying

  • I feel unsure and would like more information



Divine Affirmations of Your Intrinsic Worth

Explore these powerful scriptures that offer reassurance, peace, and strength. Each verse has been selected to inspire courage, provide comfort, and remind you that you are never alone in your journey toward mental wellness.

"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."

- Psalm 34:4

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

-2 Corinthians 12:9

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

-Ephesians 2:10

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."

-Philippians 4:19

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! " -1 John 3:1

Remember, your imperfections or limitations are opportunities for God's power and grace to be fully displayed. You are created with intention and worth. Know that even before you take any action, you are already cherished and valued as a child of God.


Confronting the Fear of Not Being Good Enough

Many individuals experience the fear of not being "good enough" at some point in their lives, which can be incredibly paralyzing. This fear often arises from comparing their "behind-the-scenes" with the carefully curated "highlight reels" of others, especially in the age of social media. To overcome this, it's important to cultivate a personal and spiritual growth mindset that values progression over perfection. In essence, this means recognizing that your journey is unique and doesn't require you to have or become anyone else to experience fulfillment.

To further combat this fear, connecting with like-minded individuals through online or in-person community groups can be incredibly helpful. Participating in these groups can help reinforce the idea that you're not alone in your struggles and your authentic self is valuable. By surrounding yourself with people who support and encourage you, you can gain the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and embrace your unique journey toward personal and spiritual growth.

Ways to Engage with Community:

  • Support Groups: Join online or in-person groups focused on mental health, where experiences and coping strategies can be shared.

  • Volunteering: Helping others can increase your sense of purpose and self-worth while connecting you with like-minded individuals.

What are accessible mental health resources?

Spiritual and Personal Development

In our fast-paced world, where we are constantly striving to achieve success and meet society's expectations, it's easy to lose touch with our spiritual side. However, exploring your spiritual self can provide a deep sense of connection and purpose that is essential to combat negative feelings of not being good enough.

As human beings, we are not just physical bodies with a mind. We are complex beings with three interconnected dimensions - mind, body, and spirit. However, in times of stress or self-doubt, we tend to neglect our spiritual health, causing an internal imbalance that can make us feel inadequate and unfulfilled.

It's crucial to remember and nurture your spiritual well-being. It is the primary source that keeps you inspired, motivated, and hopeful when negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions try to convince you that you are not good enough. By prioritizing your spiritual health, you can cultivate inner peace, joy, and fulfillment, which can help you handle life's challenges with greater ease and resilience.

Root yourself in spiritual truths to stay centered, grounded, and aware of who you are. Remember, you can connect with your higher self and tap into your inner wisdom and intuition, which can guide you towards your true purpose and calling in life. Ultimately, by nurturing your spiritual self, you can lead a more meaningful and purposeful life, and become the best version of yourself.

Tips for Spiritual Growth:

  • Reflection: Spend time in nature or quiet contemplation to connect with your inner self.

  • Give Thanks: Align with gratitude and hope to silence negativity and embrace your spirit's power.

  • Reading and Learning: Engage with spiritual, philosophical, and personal growth texts to expand your perspective and find comfort in shared human experiences.

Locating Accessible Mental Health Services

As a mindfulness coach, I advocate strongly for making mental health resources accessible to everyone.

Here are some practical ways to locate these services:

  • Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Often offer free counseling services to students.

  • Online Platforms: Websites and apps provide remote counseling and support groups, making it easier to find help from home.

  • Community Clinics/Organizations: Many mental health providers accept insurance and offer sliding-scale fees based on income, making care more affordable.

You Are MORE Than Enough

One important thing to remember is that your value, as a person, is not determined by someone else's inability to see your worth. It's easy to feel discouraged or unimportant when others don't recognize your abilities or contributions, but it's important to remember that your worth is not defined by their opinions. The only approval you truly need is your own. You are the ultimate judge of your character, and as long as you are living in alignment with your values and goals, you can be confident in your worth and abilities. So keep this quote in your mind: "The only approval you need is your own." It's a powerful reminder to stay true to yourself and never let anyone else's opinions bring you down.

Taking Your First Step: Embrace Mindfulness Journaling

If you're feeling overwhelmed by self-doubt, one effective way to start overcoming these feelings is to begin mindfulness journaling. This simple, yet powerful practice can serve as your first step toward greater emotional clarity and resilience.

Here's how you can integrate this tool into your daily routine:

  • Select a Journal That Speaks to You: Choose a journal that you feel connected to; it could be a beautifully bound book that inspires you or a digital app that's convenient and easy to use.

  • Dedicate Time Each Day: Commit to writing for a few minutes each day. You might start with just five minutes in the morning or evening. The key is consistency.

  • Write About the Present Moment: Focus on your current thoughts and feelings. Describe how specific events of your day affected you, without judgment.

  • Practice Gratitude: Shift your focus toward gratitude. Each day, write down at least three things you are thankful for. This can significantly shift your perspective from what you lack to what you possess.

  • Incorporate Mindfulness Exercises: Enhance your journaling experience with mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing or noting down what you can see, hear, and feel in the moment.

  • Reflect on Your Progress: Regularly review your journal entries. This reflection will help you recognize patterns in your thoughts and behaviors, providing insights into how you can continue to grow and adjust your coping strategies.

Mindfulness journaling is more than just a diary; it's a journey into self-awareness. It provides a structured way to confront and manage the emotions that often lead to feelings of inadequacy. By maintaining this practice, you not only manage your immediate stressors but also build a lasting foundation for emotional intelligence and self-acceptance.

Final Thoughts

It is feasible to attain emotional stability and conquer self-doubt. You can achieve this by adopting a holistic approach to personal and spiritual development, leveraging the power of the community, and availing yourself of the abundant mental health resources available to you. By making a conscious effort to invest in yourself, you can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of unwavering confidence that will serve as a constant reminder that you are a valuable and worthy individual. You possess all the necessary attributes to succeed in life. So, go ahead and take the first step towards a more fulfilling life by embracing personal growth and seeking out the resources you need to thrive.


Finding Support Through SAMHSA’s National Helpline: If you're feeling overwhelmed and ready to seek professional support, the SAMHSA National Helpline is here to help. You can reach out to them at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)—it's confidential, free, and available 24/7. They offer guidance on mental health and substance use disorders and can connect you to local treatment facilities and services. Remember, reaching out for help is a courageous step toward healing.

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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Dr. Amirah B. Abdullah

Amirah B. Abdullah, DrPH

Dr. A is a Mindfulness Coach with a passion for helping individuals build the muscle that influences everything they do. For Your Inner G is committed to helping you improve your mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being to support and encourage adulting success!

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