small summer self-care tips from one mentally ill person to another, based on ur hogwarts house
- more books if you can, video games that are happy if you can’t.
- find one project you love and chase it doggedly, even if it’s fanfiction. ideally, work on this project w/other friends that are working on projects, so u have accountability and community.
- set small goals and crush them, even if they’re managing to get rid of the Depression Water that’s been sitting on the side of your bed for three weeks with a dead moth in it
- snack breaks
- whenever you hear yourself call yourself bad names, whisper “shut up, salasar,” and fix it. call yourself the most ridiculously pretentious and complementary titles you can think of
- every time ur brain tries to kill you, tell it you will succeed out of spite
- acrylic nails, regardless of your gender. sometimes they are 50 cents at the drug store. click click click
- don’t get caught up in the wildness of summer, try to take a few steps back from friends when stuff starts getting dangerous. write down “we are about to do X” and decide if it’s something your mom would be okay with.
blanket cape + make urself a paper crown
- for every liquor drink please drink 1 glass water. friendship hydration challenges are also a lot of fun, but as a warning, i will win them
- roller coasters will make u feel awake for a bit and that’s fun but friendships shouldn’t make u feel like you’re trapped on one
- courage is your crest. remind yourself of that when ur facing your demons. also, dye your hair a fun color.
- you’re not too much for someone to handle just because you’re energetic or whatever. this summer relish in not toning it down. take your meds with water and bite anyone who makes fun of you for them.
- give urself time to recharge. know your limits. sometimes courage is also saying “no thanks”
- the sun isn’t out all the time. you don’t have to always be the cheery one. if you fall, your friends will catch you. keep yourself around your loved ones. they’ll forgive you, even if you’ve been gone.
- cooking and baking for other people is actually so much fun, try and eat a little while you get it done
- watch children’s movies and shows. it’s okay. take a little while and let yourself feel like you’re seven and the world isn’t as loud as it is.
- dark scary makeup and instagram photos
- be patient with yourself. okay you’re not getting better right now but that’s okay. the slope is very slippery. it’s a long climb to the top, but you got badger claws. start with washing your hair. you’ll get there.
- when they are only hurting you, they do not deserve your loyalty. it hurts to say goodbye, but it will be better when they leave.
- hard work does include dragging yourself into the shower after six days without it, good job, you
- find something to be curious in every day, keep that mind working. it helps to slowly teach yourself something, even the anatomy of a bird wing.
- you aren’t bad if you can’t focus. neither can i and i’ve been a ravenclaw all my life.
- it isn’t about being “smart” and you don’t need to fit some neurotypical version of that to be clever; wit comes in all forms and if you chase something unconventional at least you’re chasing something
- tuna and rice is a good meal with a low price and v low production abilities. turn on TedED while it’s cooking and zone out to something vaguely educational. at least you’re learning?
- you aren’t and you’ll never be only good at things because of your disease. if someone says you paint beautifully because you’re sad, paint them eating their words. also, peaceful coloring.
- bird mouth from pringles chips. caw caw
- go outside. catch breeze, draw leaves, eat fruit, discover small happy.