Jennette McCurdy shares some of her own personal advice post on how to stay positive in life. Check out her latest Seventeen Magazine blog on 6 ways to take care of yourself.
Relationships, whether they be familial, friendly, or romantic, are arguably the most important part of life. They are what make life memorable, enjoyable, and fun. Being kind and taking care of those relationships that are important to us is key, but what about our relationship with ourselves?
It took me a while before I truly learned what taking care of yourself means. I’d like to say I came to this grand revelation on my own, but I didn’t. I started therapy last year, and the therapist I was working with then provided me that little nugget of wisdom. It didn’t resonate at first, but over the course of the year, I can track tangible changes in how I take care of and stand up for myself. I want the same for you guys, so listed below are some pointers on how you can do that.
1) Keep a positivity journal.
My friend Miranda got me a beautiful blue journal, and I use it as my book of positivity. I write inspiring quotes, happy thoughts, and good memories. I have been battling personal issues lately, and this positivity journal helps me so much.
2) Don’t be afraid of therapy.
Sometimes I feel like therapy has such a negative stigma: if you go, you have “something wrong with you.” Alas, that is tremendously wrong! Any type of counseling is a way of finding as much mental clarity as you can attain, and if you can afford it, I definitely recommend it.
3) Only keep relationships that enrich your life.
Friends and significant others should never be chores that bog you down. Relationships are based on a shared love for one another, and if you feel negativity coming from one relationship or another, ditch it. A million exhausting friends pale in comparison to one understanding friend.
4) Eat what you want and move when you want.
Do whatever makes you happy. Instead of worrying about societal norms and whatever gluten-free diet is most popular right now, eat and exercise in a way that works for you. Happiness is the most important thing and something I really believe most of us are not getting enough of because we try so hard to live up to whatever the world’s expectation is at the moment. If fries make you happy, get them. Who cares if they’re riddled with gluten?
5) Pamper yourself.
For me, that means getting a massage or having a day where I don’t leave my house or wear a stitch of makeup.
6) Go with the flow.
We all go through personal changes. We’re always developing, growing, and learning. Don’t be mad at yourself if you like different things than you did three months ago! Don’t think you were stupid “back then.” Unless you liked Crocs, cuz then you were definitely stupid. ;)
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