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7 Small Ways To Improve Your Week

Small change but big impact.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Try a brain dump.

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You don't need a bullet journal, or even any kind of journal to try out this tip – just a sheet of paper will do.

“Create a ‘Brain Dump’ page, or reserve a spot at the end of each Daily page for it. I take the Bullet Journal up to bed and empty all my thoughts into that section and put the book on my nightstand. I can fall asleep knowing that I “locked in” all the random and won’t forget. It’s great to do on long commutes too.” –  n45eef7a66

2. If you have 5 minutes: Invest in a cleaning candle.

I own several of these candles and they are truly brilliant. The "Open Window" and the Chef's Candle both smell pleasant, while also eliminating cooking odours. You should be able to pick them up for about a fiver and they last for ages too.

3. If you have 10 minutes: Read about some kind things people have done.

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I defy you to read this piece without becoming emotional. My favourite:

“I was waiting to take a flight back home after visiting my boyfriend (now husband), who lived across the country. I was talking to a stranger and told her that I was visiting my boyfriend, and sometimes having to wait between visits because of the expense was tough. She was a business executive and offered up her mileage points so I could see him the next time. She asked for my email, followed through, and wouldn’t even let me pay the processing fees. I’ll never forget it.”

4. If you have 15 minutes: Play Magic Mansion.

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Chelsey says: "This adorable game offers a major throwback to your old favourite Nintendo classics. With one-touch gameplay, avoid traps and jump your way through the charming but challenging platform levels."

Get it for iTunes or Android.

Want more? Here's 7 Excellent Ways To Kill Time This Week.

5. If you have 20 minutes: Try yoga at home.

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For this helpful article, the author spoke to yoga experts to find out which online yoga resources they recommend. There are some old faves (like Yoga With Adriene) but also some great new options too.

6. If you have 30 minutes: Get dancing.

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I've been going to pop dance classes with Seen on Screen and they are so much fun. I discovered them when I wrote a story about the Beyoncé class a couple of years ago. In no world am I a natural dancer, but they're a great workout and a great stress-reliever. They're based in London and Manchester.

If that's not near you, then I've previously done partnered Swing Dance classes before too - and it was just as fun. Here's a couple of places to start: Edinburgh, Essex, Bristol.

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!

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