13 Ways To Practice Self-Care Not Found In '13 Reasons Why'
'13 Reasons Why' shows us that it's easy to forget to practice self-care. Here's how to do it.
1. Take A Break From Your Phone
By turning off your phone for a few hours, you can get some (much needed) peace and quiet from the Justin Foleys of the world. In particular, staying away from social media can banish competition, jealousy, and self-loathing from your life...at least for a little while.
2. Reread Your Favorite Book Or Rewatch Your Favorite Movie
...or just binge-watch '13 Reasons Why.'
3. Cook Or Bake For Yourself
If you're anything like Clay Jensen, you're content with eating Skittles and drinking Coke 24/7 (duh). Branch out and prepare a meal that will nourish both your mind and your body. Try putting a healthy twist on a classic comfort food, like pasta!
4. Clean And Organize Your Room
A clean room leads to a clear mind.
Step away from the laptop...your room is your sacred space, so spend some time taking care of it! Having everything in its place will make you more centered. It will also free you of distractions and motivate you to tackle whatever is on your plate.
If you have extra time, declutter!
5. Pamper Yourself At Home
A high school dance shouldn't be the only time you #treatyourself. Take a shower, paint your nails, put on a face mask, or do your makeup...whatever makes you feel good about yourself!
6. Exercise Or Engage In Physical Activity
If in doubt, stretch it out.
You don't have to be a basketball star or a cheerleader to release endorphins! Better yet, try yoga to destress and work out at the same time. Whatever you do, just avoid Clay Jensen's aggressive nighttime biking.
7. Ditch The Coffee And Drink Water
When you overload your body with coffee (primarily caffeine), you make yourself prone to increased anxiety. Skip that afternoon trip to Starbucks (or Monet's) and hydrate up! We could all stand to drink more water, plain and simple.
8. Look Through Old Pictures Or Photo Albums
Reminisce good times with friends, like Kat, as well as family members. One of the best ways to do this is by going through your old pictures. Have a laugh at your silliest or most embarrassing moments...after all, laughter is the best medicine.
9. Write A Letter To A Friend Or Family Member
Writing can be therapeutic.
Write to someone you trust about the things that are going on in your life, or the feelings that you are having in your relationship with them. Tell your best friend Jessica Davis that your miss her, or tell your parents how much you hate to see them fight. Just draft up a letter, even if you don't send it.
10. Do Your Laundry
Throw on some PJ's and bust out the household chores that you've been procrastinating on...I'm talking to you, Justin Foley.
Specifically, doing laundry makes you feel like you have your life together, even if you (totally) don't. Plus, all of your best outfits will be ready for you to wear again! (Don't be ashamed, we're all outfit repeaters here.)
11. Create A Relaxing Playlist
A chill playlist on Spotify is something we all need in our lives. In times of stress, music is often a saving grace. Clay Jensen may have headphones on at all times, but he still.doesn't.get.this.
12. Develop An Improved Schedule Or Routine
Like Jessica Davis, you may be in the habit of drinking vodka out of a water bottle en route to class. However, this certainly won't help you stay on track.
It's important to discipline yourself, even in small ways, so that you can improve and grow. Start by forcing yourself to go to bed earlier and to wake up earlier. You'd be surprised with how much of a positive impact it can have on your daily life!
13. Find Something To Look Forward To
Whether it's dinner with a friend next week or a road trip this summer, think about plans that you have for the near future. Picture how good the food will taste, or how nice the wind will feel in your hair as you cruise down the highway.
You're going to be so happy...but more importantly, you're going to be okay.
Where To Seek Help
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255. Operators are available to talk 24 hours everyday.