otp: you are beautiful

If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.
—  Ruthie Lindsey (via OptimisticallyAstray)

STOP SCROLLING.

Do NOT cut tonight. I know it’s hard and I know there are good reasons. But promise me. Whenever you see this on your dash you don’t cut tonight. Don’t even think about it. Whatever happened today to make you want to do this, it’s gone. It’s over. Don’t think about it. Put your favorite music on and think of the best thing you can imagine. And keep those blades away from your beautiful skin. Please. Stay strong. I promise you, you’re not alone. I love you.

Remember that you were art long before he came to admire you, and you’ll continue to be art even when he’s gone. A masterpiece is still a masterpiece when the lights are off, and the room is empty.
—  Charlotte Beier (via OptimisticallyAstray
Stop. Take a couple of moments right now to write down all of your positive qualities. All of them; each and every one. Once you do this, really take a look at what you have written. Is it accurate? Have you truly given yourself enough credit? Enough self respect? Do you deserve to give yourself and all of your many traits more of an acknowledgment?
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Notice the many colours that exist in your soul.
Realize that no one else has them exactly quite like you do.
See how they all combine together perfectly to make up the beautiful person who you are.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
self care is important

hi! it’s coral aka extrastudies and i too, am working on taking better care of myself, because self care will actually help you SO MUCH. #pleasetakecareofyourself2k17

anyways, please do not forget…

to sleep: sleeping is important and you should strive to get 8-9 hours of quality sleep each night. that means you should try to stay away from blue light emitting devices (i.e. computers, phones, tablets) about 30-60 minutes before your bedtime. naps are also great! just make sure they’re not messing up your sleep schedule.

to drink your water: okay, everyone says it, but i know for a fact that you’re not doing it. at least, i’m not. so drink up! if you’re not big on water, try eating fruits and veggies that have a lot of water content. now, don’t you feel a little better?

to eat balanced meals (and snacks!): for some people, it’s hard to remember to eat, and for others, it’s hard to resist that last cookie. just remember to keep healthy snacks on hand, but if you’re not eating “perfectly”, don’t be too hard on yourself. what matters is that you get enough nutrients to function properly. if this is hard to do for you, try reaching out for support.

to take a break: it’s very tempting to try and finish your language arts essay in an hour and a half sitting, but will this increase productivity, or increase stress? try getting up for a stretch break every 20 minutes. you don’t want your eyes to become too tired or for your hand to cramp up!

to appreciate yourself and others: often, we take a lot of things for granted, and some of those things include yourself, your loved ones and friends, and ordinary people around the world. taking a moment to recognize this well help you become more mindful of your surroundings and can change your attitude.

you’re beautiful, smart, talented, and a good, thoughtful person. look how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go. you are capable of amazing things. now, go out there and spread love.