Reflections of Hope

I hope you fall in love with life. With living. The little sweet candies in stores that you can pop right into your mouth. The little rivers that you dip your feet into. The spray of the ocean as you ride the waves, the wind on your neck during a hike, the embrace of someone special. Smelling the first flower of Spring and the crunch of the first leaves of Fall. I hope one day you no longer feel the need to take out your pain on your skin, on your body. I hope one day those scars remind you of the battles that you won. I hope one day you don’t critique yourself in the mirror, poking and prodding at every imperfection. I hope someday you’ll cry tears of joy and not pain. I hope one day you’l

How To Self Care

Step 1: Get plenty of sleep. Research shows that teens between the ages of 14 and 17 need 8-10 hours of sleep. Step 2: Go out and enjoy nature. Sunlight is said to put you in a better mood and give an instant burst of energy. Step 3: Do hobbies that you enjoy. Step 4: Hug people. Hugs can reduce stress and help connect with people. We need 4 hugs a day to survive, 8 hugs for maintenance, and 12 hugs for growth. Step 5: Talk to people. Talking to another, whether that’s a friend, family member, or complete stranger will leave you feeling more positive. Step 6: Enjoy some “you” time. Give yourself time to reflect on goals and set new ones. Make sure to recognize your accomplishments no matter

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