Health is important, and I believe our mental health should come before our physical health. I mean yes, we should keep up-to-date with both of them, but if you’re mentally ill how will you be able to focus on yourself? Trust me. It’s hard.
This is why I came up with a list of simple, yet empowering statements to remind myself on a daily basis.
It’s okay to stay in. Because, no, you’re not wasting “the best years of your life”. You don’t have to go out all the time if you don’t want to. It’s okay to stay in. Listen to what you want to do, not what you think Snapchat will like.
Don’t justify what you love. Read what you want, listen to the genre of music you like, and watch the movies you love. Life is short, don’t pretend to be interested in something you aren’t.
You’re doing better than you think you are. Stop being so hard on yourself. Things will work out eventually, but you have to realize you are doing okay. You are doing the best you can, and you are enough.
It’s okay to keep some things to yourself. If someone makes you upset, you don’t always need to have a conversation about it. Sometimes it’s better to think about it and let it go.
Make self-care a priority. Your mental health is important, and when we get older it gets harder to focus on it. Help yourself first, before you help others.
You know more than you think. Stop leaning on others for advice. You are smart enough to make your own decisions. Share your experiences if you think they will benefit someone. Listen to your intuition, and put your foot forward.
Accept the hug. When you’re upset sometimes all you need is a tight hug from someone you love. Stop being so goddamn stubborn and hug them tighter, it will make you feel better.
It’s okay to still need your parents. They want to love you, and give you advice. So, let them.
Don’t shop when you’re sad. You’re just going to spend a bunch of money on things you don’t need. It’s not going to make you feel any better. Instead, run a hot bath, or go take a nap.
And, it’s okay to mess up sometimes. Everyone does, and we all learn from it. That’s how we grow, so move on!
Whatever age you’re turning this year, I hope this list can benefit you too. It’s sometimes nice to look back on something like this to refresh yourself.
What would be on your list?