A self-care prompt that I see a lot advises me to watch how-to videos. Can I be honest? There are times when I feel as if all I’ve done over the past five or six weeks is watch bullet journal videos on YouTube. There are about a million of them, and most of them are the same. A young woman has a camera mounted above her journal, so you’re looking down at the pages. You see well-manicured hands as she turns the pages, providing a voice-over accompanied by New-Age-type music. All I get from these videos is that everyone uses essentially the same spreads, and these women are all very proud of how pretty they’re able to make their journals.
Okay, that’s not all I watch. I’ve worked my way through some meditation videos, looking for ones that seem to fit my needs. I search for videos on dealing with anxiety and depression and watch those. Again, I find most of them derivative and repetitive, but that’s kind of what I need right now. I put them on a background noise when I’m sitting around, not meditating and not writing but just trying to relax. The same positive and encouraging messages, played over and over, seep into my head through osmosis. It’s got to be better than mindlessly watching sitcoms.
Watch How-To Videos
The intention of this self-care prompt is to redirect us away from just soaking up whatever washes across our ubiquitous screens. We should mindfully seek out videos that will teach us something that we want to learn. The idea is that we should spend our time constructively. At my current phase of self-case, I don’t know that an online tutorial, something that felt like taking s class, would be right for me. I’d end up turning it into a project. I need to mindlessly state at passive entertainment once in a while, because it means I’m not working. This is all about me learning to be comfortable not working from the moment I wake up until I go to bed, seven days a week.
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