That’s right, we’re looking at you.
Seriously, bring it down a notch because you’re doing just fine.
Here’s how we know.
In addition to other helpful posts we’ve shared about things like positive self talk, dealing with anger, and good self care, we’ve identified five unscientifically proven, but flat-out-easy-to-identify clues indicating you’re probably going to be OK. We recognized these things in ourselves, so we’re confident you can take them to the bank.
OK, to be fair, we’ve been there, felt the panic, wanted to call home. Just try to remember at least one of these very simple things. You’re going to be OK.
Here they are:
- Somebody Somewhere Loves You
It doesn’t matter if you got sick of your family and ran away from home when you were six. Somebody is freaked out that you’re gone and thinks about you every single day. Maybe you caused a kerfuffle with your girlfriends and your BFF hasn’t texted in days. She might be stubborn, but she misses your ass! That person who loves you? You might even live with them or be sitting next to them right now. You just need to notice.
- You’re Interested in Something
Even if you’re still feeding your Tamagotchi on the daily, that counts! If you’re in between gigs and just want to rock climb and kayak and be a dirt bag (it’s a real thing), right on! We can help you with the conversation you’ll want to have with your family. Being interested in something gives you something to do, something to look forward to, get better at, do more of. If it makes you feel good, do it.
- You Actually Feel Good
There’s no pit in your stomach. You haven’t been diagnosed with anything serious. That’s worth celebrating! Granddad always says every day above ground is a good day, which seems pretty reasonable to us. Considering that, if we asked you how you’re feeling right now, you could probably say, “Pretty OK.”
We’ll take it.
- There’s got to be at least one song you know most of the words to.
This actually really matters. Everybody (even you) needs a song in their heart; a children’s song, a country tune, a church hymn; something to hum under your breath, belt out in the shower, drum on your dashboard, annoy your cat with, or sing just because. Music’s a big deal. It’s OK if it’s Selena Gomez—we’re not judging–at least you’ve got that one tune.
- Tomorrow is a New Day
Cliché? Who cares? You get to go to bed, wake up, and use your Do-Over. You are one lucky sonuvabitch. (spoken in the voice of Lily from HIMYM)
Have you got any more unscientifically proven, but flat-out-easy-to-identify clues indicating we’re probably going to be OK? Please share.