As an adventurer and hero, Link from the Legend of Zelda series is always on the move. Yet, no matter what reincarnation he is, Link still needs to be sure he takes care of himself. It’s not only for Hyrule’s benefit — he can’t do much to save it if he collapses from exhaustion, right? — but also his own to stay healthy.
Of course, there are a lot of self-care tips that Link can teach each and every one of us. Video games can teach us in a lot of different ways and we thought highlighting them through the eyes of certain characters might be a fun way to think outside the box in terms of self-care, especially with what’s happening in the world right now.
One such important self-care tip that Link can share is to take a break. Especially in regards to the newer Legend of Zelda games, Link is able to restore his health by crashing in bed (sometimes not even his own bed, to be honest) or even just simply taking a seat for a few minutes on a stool. Naps aren’t just important for kindergartners!
Naps are wonderful, yes, and so are taking breaks. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of fighting monsters. If there’s a stool, sit on it and restore some hearts! Another self-care tip from Link is to experiment with new things. For example, in Breath of the Wild, he gathers various materials such as small critters and herbs. He throws them into a pot and sees what happens. It’s good to have a hobby, especially right now. Oh, and be proud of what you create. Some of the recipes Link makes don’t taste good. But, no matter what, as soon as he creates something, he cheers and does a little happy dance. Cheer yourself on!
Being proud of yourself definitely helps to give your self-esteem a boost. Not only is being your own cheerleader important, it definitely helps to have a group of friends to support you as well. Quill in Wind Waker didn’t need to step in to convince Tetra to take Link on her ship, nor did he and the other Rito have to help them escape from Ganondorf’s clutches later in the game. In Ocarina of Time, Link befriends Malon. Helping her — and, in turn, being helped by the ranch — as an adult is optional. Yet, those moments of support and friendship are so important. Don’t forget to reach out to your loved ones.
That’s so true. Friendship is everything and no one should feel like they’re in this alone. Another self-care tip from Link is to recognize there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s okay to be scared but we’re all brave in our own ways. Danger and adventure are often thrust upon Link such as problems and situations happen to us in real life. However, in Twilight Princess, things get darker before they get lighter. Link, with the help of his friends and Midna (as Kris said), reveal the light for everyone.
Absolutely! Link also shows the importance of staying hydrated, fed, and taking your medicines, if need be. Particularly in Breath of the Wild, one of the major ways Link is able to keep his heart count up is by eating good food. Some of it may be questionable to us, sure, but his dishes help him stay healthy. Likewise, it is important to remember taking any medicine you may be prescribed to help your body heal and stay well. A healthy body can help a healthy mind.
Yes, exactly. Also, Link teaches us to be kind to everyone. Hyrule is filled with various races such as Rito, Zora, and more. He helps them all and allows them to help him in return as well, so he’s not afraid to ask for help when needed, either.
Being kind is so important for the world, now and always. Link is able to stick up for and protect himself, of course, but he’s not one to go picking fights. An important mentality to have while caring for yourself is, “Do no harm, but take no shit.”
Exactly. Video games, in general, can teach us a lot about life, but if you take a closer look at the characters, you can see certain similarities if you take the battling and such out of context. Link knows a lot about life and we should all learn from him.