7 Tiny Changes To Try Out This Week

Small ways to put some pep in your step.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Watch this amazing perfume advert.

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Directed by Spike Jonze, this advert for Kenzo is wacky, surreal, and mega joyful. And then queue up Spike's other classic dance-led spot: "Weapon of Choice".

2. If you have 5 minutes: Reflect on this interview.

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Broadly UK editor Zing Tseng is super cool and eloquent, and articulates really well the need to sometimes live outside of your head. It's good advice:

"I live so much in my head (and in words and emails) that I sometimes forget that I need to take care of my body. Just go out dancing to dumb, mindless music one night, or work out, or take a long bath or walk where you’re not looking at your phone or listening to a podcast or music. Just literally be in your body with zero distractions. It’s hard!"

3. If you have 10 minutes: Consider a mantra.

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Bear with me. This great article suggests mantras as a way for new runners to persevere. But why not create your own – for days when you're finding it hard to put one foot in front of the other, literally and metaphorically?

5. If you have 20 minutes: Read this gorgeous essay.

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Chelsey writes so beautifully about the loneliness and hope that comes with moving city and losing a friend. Read it, then be thankful for friends that are still in your life.

6. If you have 30 minutes: Find your local Park Run.

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"Join Park Run. It's an amazing, free, volunteer-run organisation that puts on 5k runs in thousands of parks around the country. You run with 100+ other people around your local park, you get your time recorded, and you all go for a cup of coffee afterwards. It's suitable for all ages and abilities; the fastest will get around in 17 minutes, the slowest in more like 40, but because you're running with other people it pushes you to be as fast as you can be. It's bloody brilliant." – Tom Chivers

This is a weekly series. Have a self-care tip that you think should be in next week’s post? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!