Just because you have strong emotions doesn't mean you're dangerous.
You get to decide how to channel your emotions. You are learning new coping mechanisms. You are actively choosing healthy ways to handle your emotions.
I know that you feel so much; you've been through so much! And you care so much!
I am so proud of you. I am not scared of you.
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Every morning, we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better. Your past is your past. Leave it there. Get on with the future part.
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friendly reminder that you didn’t waste your year. any moments of happiness or comfort, any small accomplishments, they all matter. this has been a really hard year, and simply surviving is something to be proud of.
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I think a lot about that Fruits Basket story where the onigiri (rice ball) thinks its plain and bad with nothing special about it
but everyone else actually admires it because of the delicious plum on its back that it can’t see
anyway, I’m going on a second date with a girl soon and couldn’t help but think “Why would she want to keep going out with me?? I’m like, so weird and a little crazy.”
but then I remembered that there is also a plum on my back that I can’t see and that people often like others for reasons we don’t recognize in ourselves. Be kind to yourself. There’s always something good about someone-- however little we remember it.
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bravery can look different at different moments. sometimes it’s wearing a new outfit. other times it’s standing up for yourself. don’t compare your bravery to other examples of bravery. it comes it all different shapes and sizes.
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I think it's important to remember that sometimes self care is doing something you don't really want to do but will help you in the future.
getting that glass of water, doing your laundry or starting that project that's been looming over you might not be the most romantic thing to do but your future self will thank you for it.
by making life that tiny bit easier for future you you are giving yourself a gift, just like you would a friend, partner or loved one. you are as worthy of an easier future as everyone else and showing yourself that kindness is like offering a guiding hand. you deserve to care for yourself.
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it's time to start doing picturesque, aesthetically pleasing things because you want to live a beautiful life and not to impress people on your socials. you're worthy of a gorgeous existence beyond the popularity contest.
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Who are you when you don't feel the pressure to be the perfect person? Do you know the real you? Who taught you have to perfect? You must be tired. Why don't we take the day off to be a little imperfect? Maybe everything won't fall apart, maybe you can be content with being good enough. Hold my hand, you don't have to do it all at once.
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My brain, having a meltdown like a toddler: I just can’t do it! I don’t want to !! I can’t!!
Me, parenting my tired toddler brain: Take a deep breath, it’s going to be ok. We don’t have to do everything today that’s overwhelming you. Let’s pick the most important thing to work on, ok? What’s the smallest step we can do to work towards that?
My toddler brain, wiping away tears: Um, I think we should...open up the important spreadsheet and look at the first row.
Me, parenting my tired toddler brain: Great! Let’s do that, and then we can have a popsicle, ok?
My toddler brain: *nods through drying tears, upset, but cooperative*
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At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.
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It can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself when you have stressful situations like deadlines piling up. The amount of guilt, anxiety, and self-criticism tend to increase, even though hard times are when you especially need to be kind to yourself! We’re going to make it through, and it’ll help if we keep our mental health up too!
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It sometimes feels foreign repeating these types of affirmations, and then they become repetitive, and eventually, these affirmations become your default position. Keep at it 💕💕
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