Social media meta - avoiding burnout with lists, asserting no obligation to read everything 

Lists in and other software are useful. They're entirely private and under your control. If there's some folks who rarely post and easily get drowned out by what others say, add these low-frequency posters to a list, then peruse that when catching up.

On a related note, you are not obligated to read every status message. Content Warning or not, there should be no expectation to catch up to everyone's everything. You are not a bad sapient entity for missing some things. You will miss out on certain stuff, but that's okay.

Your personal health and energy matters. Don't burn yourself out; you'll probably get grumpy and might lash out or dislike yourself.

Second person affirmation and encouragement (confidence/self-worth) 

You are adequate.

Strive to improve, but don't hate yourself when you don't (feel like) you measure up others.

You are part of a society; you don't have to be as good as everyone combined because you don't have to struggle alone.

Feeling lonely? …you're not alone. Kurzgesagt addresses this, and I've found this helpful.

"Burnout & Overworking Yourself", 8m:39s, by Jaiden Animations. I feel called out (in a good way).

If you don't have time to watch.. consider watching soon! But in essence: "It's okay to take personal time for yourself! /Don't work your life away!/ […] /ENJOY YOURSELF!/"

For those in last month-ish of classes (assertive encouragement) 

Hang in there. Things may be tough, you might be overwhelmed (and that might be putting it excessively politely). But the end of the semester will be closer than the beginning. Keep pushing on, try to schedule yourself a bit of rest, do something small that gives you happiness.

Ignore that there may be a lot on the plate afterwards, you can get to it later.

Assertive 1st-person self-care 

You may have hurt many people unwittingly, even when explicitly trying to help them.

You may be struggling with a lot of emotional pain that's nobody's fault, so you dump the hate on yourself, fake a smile, be the happy fellow others want around.

Your problems may be utterly insignificant compared to the horrors that others deal with.

But you are NOT a failure. You may still be a net benefit to others, and more importantly, to yourself.

4 rituals to help you be happy:

Too long; didn't read?

* Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
* Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
* Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
* Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.

NOTE: I don't have the knowledge to confirm what's said. It seems okay, but correct me if not!

♪ "I never want you to know
You were made for perfection
Not created defective
On this mechanical planet
You were not meant to be
Just some broken machine
On this mechanical planet"

One of my favorite songs for when it feels like you're just messing everything up: 'Mechanical Planet' by VERIDIA.

♪ "To need love is human
But in the spotlight we act so tough
So don't be fooled when we put on a show

Because we're bleeding inside
And we're dying for love

Everyone in the world can feel
And everyone is nearly falling apart
So be the one
Don't hurt but heal
And show 'em how to love
Our bleeding hearts"

Stumbled across this recently: 'Bleeding Hearts' by Matthew Parker.

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