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Self-Care Tips That'll Make All The Difference

As told by Spongebob Squarepants.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and a big part of mental health is making sure you're happy and healthy. Here are some some self-care tips to make your days just a little bit better, courtesy of the one and only: Spongebob Squarepants.

Create a happy playlist of feel-good songs.

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Feel-good songs are different for everyone. Blast that Frank Ocean if you want to. Rock out to your favorite heavy-metal band if it makes you feel better. Maybe even throw in the "Elmo's World" theme song for old time's sake. The point of this playlist is to calm and rejuvenate you, so add as many songs as you want, and let the dancing begin!

Spend more time with people you love and trust.

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Nothing's better than being yourself around the people who love you for that reason. Keep your family and friends close. If they live far away, call them on the phone more often. If they live with you, sit on the couch together and do nothing. Anything's a good time when you're with the ones you love. Appreciate the supportive people you have in your life.

Learn the key to optimism.

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Life has high and low points, but try your best to stay positive. The whole "see the glass as half full" thing really works. Even if you're chances are 1 in 100,000, you still have a chance. That should count for something. Just pretend the other 99,000 aren't even an option.

Treat yourself.

Put the world on pause for a moment and relax. Take a warm bath. Drink some tea. Go for a run. Your work will still be there when you return from your me-day, so always set aside some time to focus on yourself.


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It's ok to cry. There's often a misconception that crying makes you look weak and fragile, but that's not true. Sometimes you've just had a bad day. There's nothing wrong with crying at the end of a bad day, and after you get past the tears and slight headache, you'll feel better, too.

Wear what you like.

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Don't let anyone else tell you what to wear, and don't let anyone mess with your confidence. Once you're comfortable with who you are, no one can take that away from you. It's 2017; do you, boo.

Try your best to stay calm.

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Sometimes it can seem like bad things just keep happening. Maybe it's from stress, work, or relationship issues, but look at it this way: you've survived all of your worst days thus far. You'll make it through this.

Let your voice be heard.

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Voice your opinions. Sing in the shower. Speak up if you see someone in trouble. Let that person know they hurt your feelings. Talk more. It doesn't matter if you're outspoken or shy, telling people how you feel really does make a difference. Trust me.

Write a list of little things that make you happy.

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Whether it's raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, write down the small things you're thankful for. This will help you put things into perspective, so even during times of struggle, you still have reasons to smile.

Spend more time outside.

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Especially when the sun's out. There's nothing like fresh air and the beauty of nature to boost your endorphins, right? Just don't forget your sunscreen.

Now go be great, folks.

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And remember to use your imagination every now and then.

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