It’s cooler than you think.
I’ve always loved playing those dumb farming games. Harvest Moon has always been my jam. Animal crossing too, of course. Played them for most of my life, and there’s something about the relaxed lifestyle of the characters, the small town vibe, and the idea of striking it rich with cute pixelated pumpkins, that’s just beyond appealing. Not to mention the sense of mystery and magic they throw into the games as well – the idea that not everything is as it seems. It’s awesome, and a great way to keep yourself occupied when you otherwise feel like doing nothing.
Like I mentioned in this months magazine, I’ve started playing a new one, called Stardew Valley. I’m enjoying it like crazy, and on those nights when I feel particularly miserable, it’s a great way to pass the time and distract myself a little. It’s actually so much fun, and I super recommend it.
However, that’s not my point.
The thing is, I always go into these games at full force. Okay, we’re just starting out. So I’m gotta create a huge field and plant a hundred crops and pursue the person I’m going to marry and dive into the mines and get good at fishing and get a barn and–
Stands to reason I’d always feel slightly overwhelmed and end up just giving up before I get anywhere. And before you mention the fact that this is a perfect metaphor for how I live my own life, I already know that, thank you very much.
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That may or may not relate to you.
We all enjoy reading things we feel as though we can relate to, and after reading countless articles about artists and their so called personality traits, I decided to have a go at it myself. So this is my list for the top ten traits you’re going to have if you’re of a more artistic nature.
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Let’s be honest here guys: taking care of yourself while you’re struggling with mental health, and trying to balance a million different activities and relationships, is next to impossible. Something always falls to the side, right? And while we can say that we’re going to take on less hours at work or go out partying a little less, it’s always our me time that suffers.
However, at least for myself, I find that in order to keep my hit points up, I need to be able to maintain a good sense of self care, no matter how badly I’m feeling. And although some days I literally have to force myself to get up, and often times I can really only manage one or two of the things off my list, it’s important that I maintain a certain level of self care for myself at all times.
Whether you relate to this or not, I do promise you this: the more time you take to invest in yourself, the better you’re going to feel. It might not out right make you feel any less awful than than you had been feeling before, but it will help you start getting on the right track.
Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of the most important self-care things you can practice on a (somewhat) daily basis.
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Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve spent a lot of time developing theories about myself and the rest of humanity. Maybe it’s a writer thing, I don’t know, but I find it helpful to be able to understand those around me. Gives me an idea of what I need to do to take care of myself a little better, and how to communicate effectively with the important people in my life. Of course, I’m going to be talking about another one of those theories today, and I hope it’ll help you learn some things about yourself as well.
I grew up with video games – in particular, JRPGs like Final Fantasy. I use them for a lot of different metaphors in my life, but I’m pretty sure anyone, regardless of gaming history, will be able to understand what I’m trying to say with this.
Start off by imagining that you’re a video game character, alright? Obviously, this means that you have a hit point bar. To keep it simple, every morning when you wake up, your hit points generally reset to 100. By the end of the day, depending on what you did with your time, they’re often depleted, right?
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I’m in a really good place right now. Not emotionally – that’s a mess – but I’m not working, I’m starting my own businesses, I can sleep in until noon everyday, and my schedule isn’t filled with anything except things I enjoy. I have next to no money, but thanks to my depression, I may be able to get financial help from the government while I deal with my issues. I may be a mess, but my life is not.
However, I’ve done my time in petty jobs and retail. I’ve been yelled at by customers, worked ten hour days until one in the morning, did split shifts, and came to work with only three hours of sleep after crazy panic attacks. I get it. I’ve been there. I’d like to say that my worst shift ever was when I got a phone call during my break because one of my childhood friends just died, but it wasn’t.
However, I came up with a few things to help me get through it. If there’s something I’m good at, it’s creating coping strategies and plans, so here are a few of the things that have worked for me:
Continue reading How to Survive Retail (Or Any Other Trashy Job)