Self Love with Shannon


Shannon O'Connor, LA&E Asst. Editor

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your messy room. It’s the perfect time of year to set free all of the gloomy things bringing you down. The process of letting go of anything that brings you negativity in your life is very important to your mental health. Whether it be a bad habit, a toxic relationship or that one friend that is always bringing you down, it’s time to stand up for yourself and let go. gives some tips on how to say goodbye to the old and give a warm welcome to the new!

Worry about yourself

It doesn’t matter what other people think or what they do, it’s time to start caring about you. What someone else thinks of you should not change your opinion of yourself. You have to believe in yourself and others will respect you for that. At the end of the day, you have the love yourself. 


Failure is always an option

If you make a mistake, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Don’t let it keep you up at night as you wallow in self pity. Instead learn from what happened and laugh about it. Life will be so much more pleasant if you learn that failure is human and sometimes it can be quite funny.

Accept things you cannot change

We can’t control everything and sometimes things happen that we wish we could change. As much as we would love to change certain things, we have to let go of that control and move forward. Whether you wish things in the past were different, you need to live in the present and be hopeful for the future.

Get uncomfortable

Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to learn new things about yourself. New situations, new people and new experiences can be great for your mental health. Stop living behind “what ifs” and learn what you are capable of. You can unlock unlimited possibilities when you don’t let fear run your life. 


The most important aspect of letting go is to forgive. Keeping all of your negative emotions inside allows you live in the past and prevents you from moving forward. The most important thing about forgiving is you need to do it to yourself and for no one else. Forgiving and letting go allows you to grow as a person and become a new and better you.