As a coach I’m always hearing (and preaching) about the importance of self-care. I know it’s probably repetitive, that everyone’s answer to depression or a heavy mood is to do some sort of self-care. I often think as much as people are talking about self-healing and self-love, not many people actually dig deep. A lot of people I talk to all have similar ways of self-care; one way that seems to be at the top of many peoples list is Netflix. I don’t in any way want to point fingers by this post, I am guilty of curling up in bed and turning to Netflix or Hulu for a mindless TV show or a movie I’ve seen 10 times already. When I’m feeling down I admit that one of the first things I do is attempt to turn my mind off for those 42 minutes and enjoy an episode of Scandal, and sometimes it works. Sometimes all I need is an escape from my reality for an hour or so, other times when the episode ends I’m exactly where I was before it began. I don’t want to say that using television shows or movies as a means of self-care will never work, I’m just here to suggest an alternative method for using Netflix or Hulu in hopes to dive deeper into ones self and try to heal long term. The alternative I’d like to suggest is motivational speaking, like Podcasts and TED Talks. I know sometimes motivational speaking can be rather annoying, listening to someone else tell you that it’s going to be okay is often not really helpful. I had the same outlook until I did some research and found some talks that I really enjoyed. I want to share some of these with everyone and encourage you to listen to some on your own, find ones that speak to you and use those as self-care on occasion in replacement of an episode of Scandal. 😉
The Importance of Self-Care– this is a playlist of 9 different talks on self-care
Ending the Pursuit of Perfection: Iskra Lawrence
This one I really love; she talks about struggling with body image and how she copes with it.
Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema
She is very calming and peaceful; she puts happiness in a very simplistic way
The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong-Amy Morin
She talks about the destructive mindsets that hold us back, about ourselves, about others, and about the world in general. Her personal story is incredible. She is seriously inspiring!
Stay Up J