The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” is taking the internet by storm. The story is about a young girl in high school who takes her own life. The plot follows these tapes that she left in her absence. “There are 13 reasons why I killed myself, and if you are listening to this, you are one of those reasons.” It was really powerful and helped shine a light on people on struggling with self harm or depression. The show is getting some pushback because of how graphic it is. The last episode has been said to go to far visually with self harm and that the point of the show was displayed already and that scene was unnecessary. The point of this show was to provide a window into the life of someone who is struggling on the inside but not necessarily on the inside. We may never know what someone else is going through and it’s a reminder to stop and be a little kinder to those around us.
Practicing Self care is so important. In a world filled with social media comparison, it’s easier than ever to immerse yourself in another life and begin to detest your own. In honor of 13 Reasons Why, here are thirteen ways to practice self care.
- Go for a walk. A walk gets you moving and outside. It’s not only healthy for your heart but also healthy for your mind.
- Be Selfish. Do one thing a day that makes you happy. Take time for yourself.
- Dance. Music releases serotonin which makes you happier. There is nothing better than jamming to a song you love.
- Stretch. Stretch three times throughout the day. It feels good, is a good mental break, and allows you to get up from your desk.
- Help someone else. When we do things for others it makes us feel better too.
- Volunteer. Life is all perspective. It’s interesting to see how other people are handling situations.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Do something you normally wouldn’t do.
- Make a connection. Human interaction is so important. Talk to the Barista a little extra today about how their day is going instead of racing through your order and shuffling aside.
- Fix your social media feed. Delete people who are negative influencers in your life. Not seeing negativity when you log on will increase your mood.
- Ask someone to tell you what they love about you. You’ll be surprised when someone will compliment you on something you didn’t think they noticed. It’s a positive experience and makes you feel valued.
- Keep track of your accomplishments. You don’t need validation to come from other people (although the tip above is a great pick me up!) Remind yourself of what you’ve achieved and take a moment to be proud of yourself.
- Create something. Bake or cook, draw or paint, or take some photographs. When you’re doing something that you’re in charge of it gives you a sense of belonging and perspective.
- Ask for help. It’s never too late to ask for help. There are so many people that are trained to deal with people who are feeling lost if you don’t have anyone you feel comfortable going to for help.
There are so many ways to practice self care. It could be meditation, mindful breathing, or doing something we love. It could be spending fifteen extra minutes in the tub with your favorite magazine. Whatever way you decide to do it, make sure you spend some time for yourself! Positivity breeds positivity; we attract what we are.
By: Erica T.