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For Those Going Into Middle or High School

Here are a few helpful tips to remember, that will serve you quite well.

  1. It’s cliché, but truly be yourself. If you like art, do art. If you like sports, do sports. But don’t do something you dislike just because your friends do it. Also, while doing what you love, you’ll find like-minded people to bond with.
  2. Grades have their importance, but effort trumps all. Do not get hung up on a letter grade. Just give school your best effort, because you honestly, you cannot do better than your best. You will not understand every subject, you will not do perfectly in every subject, and that’s okay. Have pride in your work and keep trying your best.
  3. Popularity really does not matter. Having people know who you are does not mean you are happy, and that they are your real friends. It is better to have a small group of really close friends than having a plethora of superficial friends.
  4. Do not get hung up with social media. Having one hundred people like your picture does not mean you’re better than anyone else; on the flip side, having only twenty people like your picture does not mean you are not beautiful, funny, smart, etc. Social media should not run your happiness.
  5. Have self-love. It is not normal to dislike your body or your personality. Just because everyone else seems to be losing weight does not mean it is healthy for you to lose weight. Have compassion for yourself when you make a mistake. Do not criticize yourself, but instead remind yourself of all the good that you do. And do not let others pull you down. You deserve respect from yourself and others, so do not stand for less than respect, from anybody.

And most importantly, enjoy yourself. It may seem like you have time to waste, but you really don’t. Before you know it, the school year will be over, so just slow down, take in the scenery, and don’t take life too seriously.

Remember, depression is a monstrous weight to bear. And sometimes, that weight becomes much too heavy for one person to bear all alone. It doesn’t mean you are incapable of helping yourself, it just means you are tired from how long you have been carrying the unnecessary weight. After a while, fatigue takes over. So let yourself take a break from bearing all of the weight of depression and reach out, whether to a family member, a friend, a helpline, or a professional. 

Just don’t feel like you have to deal with depression on your own, and don’t feel like you are weak if you are unable to pull yourself out of it. You’re human. We get tired. We need help, and we need to provide others with help.

I am seriously SO FUCKING PROUD of you for getting out of bed today.
"If I ask you what you love, the answers will likely roll off your tongue;
you love to read,
you love to write,
you love birds,
music, tattoos;
your mum,
your brother,
your sister,
your daughter,
your best friend,
your dog.
How long do you think you could go on and on before you said,
“I love myself.”"
"Don’t cry over spilt milk"
-but also, don’t cry over a plate of pasta, or a bar of chocolate, or a bowl of cereal. Food is for eating, it is not for crying over. (via metamorphosisofmeg)

letsrediscoverkitty:

This is a friendly reminder that: everyone needs to eat in order to survive. 
And that includes you as well - no matter what ED tries to convince you. 
Food is not the enemy; ED is.

"If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive."
-Audre Lorde (via onlinecounsellingcollege)