Feel good friendly reminders
Somehow 2018 is halfway over and it’s been pretty brutal. Every time you log on and scroll through a news feed it’s just one terrible headline after another. Kids are in cages, racism is still alive and well, and our president continues to embarrass (and actively harm) us on a daily basis. We’ve been stuck in this terrible loop of wanting to know what’s happening in the world and being absolutely terrified to find out.
I don’t know about you, but I could use a pep talk right about now. So, here’s a few feel good friendly reminders I tell myself when life’s not feeling so great.
It’s a new month and a fresh start
July is here and with it comes a chance to start over. Wipe the slate clean and decide what kind of month you want it to be! If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t gotten around to, make time for it now. Treat yourself to something fun, go out to dinner or buy a new outfit. Make plans to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Bad things will always happen in the world, so you have to make sure you’re making your personal life as positive as you can.
Amidst all the bad news, there are tons of amazing things happening too
Good news never has the same impact or reach as the bummer stuff, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. It’s kind of how all your friends can compliment you, but if one person says something hurtful to you, that’s the feeling you remember. When the headlines start dragging you down, take a second to google ‘good news this week’ and I guarantee you’ll find something to cheer you up. You don’t have to pretend that nothing bad is happening, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing you focus on either.
You’ve made it through 100% of your bad days
I know that’s sort of a cheesy overused line, but it always makes me feel better. Every time it feels like too much, just remember how far you’ve already come and how many things you’ve made it through even when you thought you never could. Things might suck right now, but that doesn’t mean things will suck forever.
There’s no point in treating life like a competition
Your success doesn’t have to look like or measure up to anyone else’s. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to graduate or get a job or whatever it is you set out to do. Taking three years to do something someone else did in one doesn’t lessen your accomplishment. And stop making yourself feel like crap because you’re not doing what your friends are. Finishing a project you’re really proud isn’t suddenly insignificant because someone you know happens to get a huge promotion at the same time. A win is a win. Instead of competing with everyone we know, we could just be celebrating each other’s good moments instead.
Times are going to change
If there’s one feel good reminder I think we all need to hear it’s this: young people in this country are angry with the way things are going. They’re growing up in a time that’s forcing them to become passionate about politics. They’re going to vote, and times are going to change. Help them out along the way! Work with each other, speak up about the issues that matter to you, support your community, write your legislators. If you don’t like the way things are going, use your voice.