COVID-19 · Current Events · mental health · Self Care

20 Positive Affirmations to Use During the Pandemic

One part of my daily routine that really helps set the tone of my day is my recitation of positive affirmations. If you’re anything like me, maybe you think that sounds hokey. I did when I first heard about them. Now, saying my affirmations is one of my favorite parts of the day.

Speaking positivity into my life is super helpful and powerful, especially as someone who struggles with mental illness. My mental illnesses oftentimes cause me to assume the worst in situations, but affirmations remind me of the positive.

Positive affirmations have been especially helpful this year as the world turned upside down, and everything became uncertain. So, if you’re interested in using positive affirmations, I thought I would share 20 that have helped me during the pandemic.

  1. I will focus on what I can control.
  2. I react peacefully and calmly to any situation.
  3. I do my part to keep myself and others safe.
  4. It is okay to just survive right now.
  5. I am strong and independent.
  6. Worry can not change my circumstances.
  7. I love myself enough to push through.
  8. I can do it. I know I can.
  9. I have the strength and resourcefulness to deal effectively with whatever happens to me.
  10. This feeling will pass.
  11. My feelings are allowed to be here.
  12. I don’t worry about the things I cannot control.
  13. I find happiness in the smallest of places.
  14. Every day is a gift.
  15. I can persevere.
  16. I am doing my best.
  17. I have the ability to cope.
  18. I’m stronger than I think.
  19. I am strong.
  20. I will live in the present.
Current Events · mental health · Self Care

Some Calm in the Storm: Positive Affirmations for Troubling Times

Something that you should know about me is that I thrive on routine. Don’t get me wrong, I like a little spontaneity in my life once in a while, but dealing with mental illness is enough for me sometimes. Because of this, I have a morning and nighttime routine I try to do every day, just to give the day a solid foundation.

One really important part of both my morning and nighttime routines is reciting positive affirmations. I’m prone to ruminating on negative thoughts, and having positive affirmations on hand help me challenge those negative thoughts, and focus on the positive.

Affirmations are also extremely helpful when going through an emotional crisis. Whether it’s a panic attack triggered by brain chemistry or trauma, or coping with a terrorist attack being broadcast on live television, showing yourself compassion and having healthy self-talk will help you go through it and feel what you need to feel. Affirmations are also a form of self care, which is crucial during times like these (link to my self care guide here!)

Since the US is going through collective trauma right now (what with an almost ten month pandemic, a dramatic and crucial presidential election, and now an insurrection) I thought I would share some of my favorite positive affirmations to use during difficult times.

  1. It’s okay to acknowledge that I have a lot on my plate.
  2. My feelings matter.
  3. I can persevere.
  4. Difficult days are not a reflection of me or my value.
  5. I have the ability to cope.
  6. I am releasing self-judgment and embracing self-love.
  7. I’m stronger than I think.
  8. I can get through it.
  9. I love myself enough to push through.
  10. It’s okay to ask for help.
  11. It is okay to just survive right now.
  12. I will not beat myself up for being human.
  13. I am allowed to feel upset or overwhelmed, even if I know this period will pass.
  14. My feelings are allowed to be here.
  15. My feelings are valid.
  16. This feeling will pass.
  17. I will focus on what I can control.
  18. I release negative self talk.
  19. I have the flexibility and grit necessary to cope with a world of uncertainty.
  20. I will live in the present.

I hope you find these affirmations helpful, and that they bring you some peace. And if they don’t, I hope you find something that works for you.

COVID-19 · Current Events · mental health · Self Care

What to Do When the World is Falling Apart: A Guide to Self Care During Troubling Times

Are you angry at what is happening in our country and fighting racists on Instagram? Do you find yourself unable to tear your eyes from social media and the news? Did you have to pull out a book, a candle, sleep medication, and a sleep meditation just to get a few hours of sleep?

Hi. I’m Katie. And if you can relate to any of the above, congratulations! You’re a human!

The world (okay namely The US let’s be real) feels like a dystopian movie. In the past 12 months, we’ve had a devastating global pandemic, Black Lives Matter Protests, wildfires in California, record unemployment rates, and now a terrorist attack at the US Capitol.

In other words… it’s a lot. Life is overwhelming. And that’s not even taking into consideration anything that is happening in your life!

I know that on the day of the terrorist attack… I was angry. And I wasn’t alone. Watching such a preventable attack on democracy and human decency is horrifying, especially considering how many discussions were had about race and white supremacy this summer. But I’m angry. And I’m ready to battle racists in the comments and take down white supremacy, and I think you are too.

BUT. To do that… we gotta take care of ourselves. We can’t get burnt out. It’s easy just to spout out rhetoric, but we have to be at our best for this.

So, if you’re feeling at a loss, here are x ideas for self care when the world is falling apart.

Meditate

I wrote a blog post about some of my favorite meditation podcasts. I’m currently using Insight Timer, which is an app, and I try to meditate every morning and night. I’ve become so much more self-aware!

Move Your Body

Okay this is a big one. Movement will give you endorphins, and also will let you take out your rage on something. If there was ever a time to invest in a punching bag, it’s now.

Eat

Okay, I’m not encouraging you to binge eat, but listen, if you’re craving ice cream right now, eat the dang ice cream. If you honor your cravings instead of pushing them away, you’re actually less likely to binge eat. And let’s all be real, we know that chocolate makes us feel better.

Talk to a Friend

Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is open up to a friend about how we’re feeling. You can just text and ask when they’re free to chat, and just express your feelings. I’d recommend talking with a friend you know feels similarly about everything going on.

Cry

There is something so cleansing and healing, and sometimes even empowering, about a good cry. If you need to cry, let yourself do so without embarrassment.

Take a Bath

Light some candles. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Use your favorite bath bombs or bubble bath and just clear your mind and relaaax. This is a great way to relax your mind and get the tension out of your body, which I think we all need right now.

Talk to a Professional

There is absolutely no shame in talking to a therapist or mental health phone line. They are trained to help you cope through difficult times. I go to therapy at least once every week, and I can say with full honesty that it has truly helped me get through the past year, and the past fifteen years. Here are some mental health resources that might help you: The Crisis Text Line, Mental Health America, & NAMI.

Create Something

Expressing yourself through art is effective and powerful. Write a poem, a short story, a novel, paint, color, etc. Creativity is a powerful.

Recite Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are so important in my life. I say them every morning and night while brushing my teeth, and throughout the day. Positive affirmations really help me recognize and change destructive thought patterns and negative self talk. I use the app ThinkUp and also add affirmations that I write, or sometimes find on Pinterest.

Read a Book

Choose a childhood favorite, or a book that you know will be light reading material and escape into another world.

Bake or Cook Something

Play some music you like, and make something that you can enjoy. Baking and cooking are great ways to nourish both your mind and body. You can even make something for a friend, which will really bring joy to both you and them!

Take a Nap

Hey, if you just need to drift into dreamland for a bit, there is nothing wrong with that. If you’re exhausted by everything going on around us, try taking a short nap to rest your body and mind.

Journal

Journaling is another essential part of my daily routine. It helps me process my thoughts and emotions in a healthy and effective way, which I think we all need right now.

Listen to Music

Taylor Swift just released her two bonus songs from Evermore and they will definitely make you feel things other than blind rage.

Give a Gift to a Friend

St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as having once said “It is in giving that we receive” and I really think that’s true. Maybe it’s because giving and receiving gifts is one of my primary love languages, but I get so much joy out of giving someone something that brings them happiness! It doesnt have to be anything huge, you can Venmo them and treat them to coffee one day, or give/lend (if you can bear it!) a loved one a book you already own and think that they will ejoy!

Watch an Entertaining Movie or TV Show

The Office is on Peacock now, and 17 Again was just added on Netflix! Also have you heard of Our Lord and Savior Bridgerton?

Unplug from Technology and/or Social Media

I try to take a weekend every month to log out of Instagram, because it is so beneficial (and necessary!) for my mental wellness. I absolutely love the community I’ve found on Instagram, but I can get wrapped up in the constant busyness of the app. Especially right now, it’s okay if you need to unplug for a day or two for your mental health.

I hope that these ideas are helpful and help bring you some peace, but remember that there is still hard work to be done. We have white supremacy to take down, after all. Once you are ready, come back to the battle. Your voice is needed.

Current Events

20 Good Things That Happened in 2020

Ah, 2020. I think as a whole, collective unit, humanity can agree that 2020 sucked. Big time. Many of us spent months in isolation, there was so much illness and death, and the suffering and pain just seemed to keep on coming. We’re all filled with this deep gratitude that 2020 is leaving, and for good reason. But, with every bit of suffering, there is also joy. This is not to diminish the absolute gravity of the losses that have been experienced this year. I just want to spread a little bit of light and joy during “these unprecedented times” (as every boss and company says). No matter how hard it gets, there is still hope. There is always, always something to be grateful for. Here are 20 good things that happened in 2020 that you can be grateful for.

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  1. Drive-in movie theaters made an unexpected comeback.
  2. Tabitha Brown encouraged us to do it “like so like that” and to do what brings us joy, “’cause that’s your business.”
  3. Parks and Recreation had a quarantine special and made me ugly cry.
  4. John Krasinski encouraged positivity and love with Some Good News.
  5. We reconnected with friends and family with virtual game nights and Zoom happy hours and birthday parties.
  6. Crayola released a box of crayons with diverse skin colors, encouraging children and adults alike to embrace the beauty of diversity. You can get your own boxfor less than $5 here!
  7. Ahead of the holidays, The World Health Organization assured us that Santa Claus is immune to COVID-19 and Dr. Anthony Fauci later elaborated that he had vaccinated Santa himself!
  8. Hamilton was released on Disney+.
  9. Parasite was the first international film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
  10. DJ D-Nice created Club Quarantine as a way to bring us together while apart.
  11. Ratatouille: The Musical brought Broadway-level theatre to our phones on TikTok.
  12. Taylor Swift released not one, but two surprise albums.
  13. There were virtual reunions for the casts of beloved TV shows and movies, including Back to the Future, Lizzie McGuire, Legally Blonde, Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap, The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, and more!
  14. LOTS of pets were adopted and fostered.
  15. Dolly Parton helped fund the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine among her other accomplishments this year. If America ever becomes a monarchy, I formally nominate Dolly Parton as Queen. That’s how it works, right?
  16. The first Black Bachelor was announced. Better late than never, I guess?
  17. Schitt’s Creek had one of the best TV finales in history. This is also a fact, not an opinion. The show also swept the house at the 2020 Emmy’s, further proving it is perfect.
  18. We binge-watched Tiger King. Or… you did… I still haven’t watched it.
  19. People still got married during the pandemic (we saw Zoom weddings, physically distant weddings, smaller weddings, etc.), proving that the power of love cannot be put out.
  20. You stuck around, no matter how difficult the year was. Thank you for staying. The world is better with you in it.

So here’s to 2020. The year that pushed us all to our limits. The year that forced us to grow and adapt and roll with the many, many, many punches that were thrown at us. And yes, good riddance to 2020, you definitely won’t be missed. But also, in a way, thank you for the good we experienced. May 2021 be kinder to us all, and may we take the inner strength we found in 2020 into all the new years to come.

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Top 5 Daily Podcasts to Keep Up to Date with What’s Going On.

One thing that has consistently kept me going through this time of social isolation is podcasts. I listen to them when I exercise, or am cooking, or am just doing things around my apartment. Listening to podcasts is also how I keep up to date with our crazy world. Here’s a list of informative daily podcasts that will keep you up to date with everything that’s going on, with links to the shows on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. *Disclaimer* I am left-leaning, so my podcast listening habits may reflect that.

  1. Consider This from NPR

2. The Daily

3. Up First

4. Start Here

5. What a Day