What a week. An emotional rollercoaster of stress and self-doubt, mixed in with the backlash over an article I wrote for Untitled TV. I love hearing alternative opinions on the topic at hand, but death threats seem a bit excessive. But it comes with the territory. For those like me, I’ve always struggled with self-worth and after years of mastering practices, I’ve been able to distract myself until it went away, which definitely helped this week.
- Hang out with your friends.
Whenever I’m at my lowest, I call up a friend. Maybe one I haven’t seen in awhile. Surrounding yourself with the ones you love is an instant ego boost and it’ll help distract from whatever was bothering you. Do some retail therapy and hit the mall, or go out for a nice meal.
- Log off of your social media.
Those who have gone through something similar would all advise you to get off social media and take a break. It’s fun to keep in touch with your friends and have a constant feed of news in your hands, but social media inevitably leads toward that dark path. Once you start comparing your situation to someone else’s, you’re done. Don’t wish you looked like them, don’t envy someone whose life seems perfect on Instagram. Things may seem bleak, but there will be a light at the end of that tunnel.
- Go on a long drive.
One of the few perks of living in a rural area is driving through the countryside at night, windows down and blasting your favorite songs. I made a four hour drive the other night, sang my lungs out, and when I got home, I didn’t have a voice and I felt good and exhausted. Long drives are good for the soul and help you work out some of those issues you haven’t had time for all week.
Everyone says it: exercise relieves stress. It can also make you focus on something else. In the words of the wise Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” Getting a few miles in at the gym will boost your energy, make you tired enough to get some sleep that’s not interfered by agonizing stress, or just prevent you from murdering someone, in general.
If you’re one of those people that doesn’t have time to normally watch Netflix, maybe sitting down and watching a good comedy will do so. I made a list here of some fantastic shows to watch, but I’d definitely recommend turning on Friends if you’re in one of those I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-with-my-future moods.