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Ferris Bueller Had a Point There

November 30, 2016

If we’re going to be besties, the first thing you need to know about me is this:  I love quoting movies.  I’ll probably do it a lot.  Hopefully you’re cool with that. One of my favorite movies of all time is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  I mean, it’s just solid gold for so many reasons. […]

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If we’re going to be besties, the first thing you need to know about me is this:  I love quoting movies.  I’ll probably do it a lot.  Hopefully you’re cool with that.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  I mean, it’s just solid gold for so many reasons.  That whole movie is quote-worthy.  My favorite character is Cameron.  For those of you who don’t know, Cameron is Ferris’ best friend.  When we first meet Cameron he is laying in bed, in a very dark room, pretty much motionless.  And he whispers, to no one in particular, “I’m dying.” Ferris’ rebuttal:  “You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.”
Good point there.  I think that’s a problem many people have…not that they are raging hypochondriacs, per se, but that they can’t think of anything good to do with their time.
Enter your self care bestie.  I plan to post about all sorts of different ideas for self care and just plain fun.   I’ll introduce you to some ways to brainstorm healthy coping skills (aka fun things you like to do that also happen to be good for you) and we’ll have laughs and improved mental health along the way.
If you, like so many struggle with thinking of something good to do, ask yourself this question: what did you like to do when you were a kid?  Ballet?  Coloring?  Riding horses?  Rollerblading around your basement blasting Mariah Carey? (or maybe that was just me?)
Kids understand self care way better than adults.  Why?  Because they go with their gut.  They have no problem figuring out what they want to do.  They just do it.  As adults, we tend to question our choices and over-analyze.  Whatever you loved as a kid, try it again, even if it has been a while.  Chances are if it brought you joy then it could bring you joy now.  Find an outlet to DO YOU and make time for it regularly!

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