For me, having fun is somewhat a hard thing to do. But it’s a coping skill that will help you regulate your emotions. It will increase feel-good hormones in your body, allow you to create meaningful memories, and remind yourself that there is hope out there.
"The main point to remember, though, is that without emotions, none of us would be alive today. Sometimes when I am experiencing an uncomfortable emotion (anger, fear, shame) I try to remember that."
Being self-aware and knowing how to manage our emotions is key because it can help us learn how to listen to our body, reducing our stress in the process.
Living according to your values should be “vitalizing, uplifting and empowering.” Values are something you do, not something you have.
On some level, any kind of long-distance relationship can be both a challenge and a blessing. In a weird way, I’ve become closer to certain of my friends because now we have to be more mindful, invest time and effort into maintaining our relationship.
Although for a lot of us it happens to be an automatic habit, the truth is that people who hate themselves rarely succeed in a way that people with self-compassion do.
But I like to have good grades, and I always weigh the pros and cons carefully inside my head. Do I not show up to office hours and risk having a mediocre grade? Or do I suck it up, show up and potentially increase my chances of scoring an A?
Check-ups aren’t only for people who are sick, because regular visits are often about preventing diseases or medical conditions, and keeping track of your health over months or years.
There are a few mental health trainings and programs that are targeted towards the general population — you don’t have to be a professional to attend.
As you scan your body in your mind from head to toe, you pause and say thank you for the different parts of your body.
Sleep deprivation has become so common that it’s considered part of our university culture.
I hadn’t gone ice skating in over a decade, and based on previous memories, I was sure that I would hate it. To my surprise, I not only remembered how to skate, but I also found myself enjoying it.
“As months went by, the list eventually grew, to my surprise. I kept it tucked away in a desk drawer, but every few months, I would unfold it, add a few names and fold it back again.“
"The unfortunate thing about having an anxiety attack on the bus is that you have nowhere to run. My social anxiety prevented me from hyperventilating in front of everybody. Instead, I sat there — frozen like I was about to faint."
She told me I needed a “safety net”, something that would not allow me to fall through the cracks and into the hole of despair, instant noodles and IKB all nighters. I was rather annoyed at her idea of a safety net: a human.