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7 Self Care Tips To Try This Week

Start the week off right.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Write down one good thing that happened today.

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This suggestion comes via Little Fox on Twitter: "Write down the best thing that happened to you today, do this each day & save them in a jar to read when you're having a bad day."

They don't have to be big things to make you smile – just like it's not the big things that make you have a bad day.

2. If you have 5 minutes: Buy something that makes your life easier.

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Sometimes solving a small problem brightens up your whole week.

"I bought a Tangle Teezer recently and it's the best hairbrush in the world. It brushes through knots after showering or swimming with no difficulty at all and it's really small so it fits in your handbag. Also it feels nice on your head. Honestly it has changed my life." – Tabatha Leggett

3. If you have 10 minutes: Be inspired by this bad-ass bride.

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Donna Martin (that's her in the neon veil) wrote a brilliant piece for Elle about realising that her dream wedding dress was sexy as hell:

"I'm a fully formed, complex, 31-year-old woman! I don't think or aspire to be "pure"—indeed, I don't know any woman who does. What I wanted was to look sexy—sexier than I'd ever looked before. I wanted my wedding dress to convey that this marriage would be, among many other things, carnal. I wanted it to scream, I'm alive! I love life and this man! And It's party time. And for it to make Jesse, watching me peacock down that aisle, think, Man, I get to marry her? Forever looks like fun."

4. If you have 15 minutes: Try out these exercises you can do lying down.

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This entire article on Not-Overwhelming Ways To Work Out When You’re Depressed is worth reading, but this is my favourite bit:

“Sometimes it just seems too daunting to get in workout clothes and get everything just right before exercising, so I take it super slow. Little victories make the rest of the day better.”

—Linzy Jensen, Facebook

14 Exercises You Can Do While Lying Down

5. If you have 20 minutes: Try and boost your productivity.

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Sally spoke to a productivity expert (Jocelyn Glei) to get some useful tips, including how to schedule your day best:

"Reactive work is anything that’s put on your desk by other people — emails you have to answer, meetings you need to attend, requests for you to review something or provide feedback, and so on.

"Starting the day with reactive work puts you in the mindset of working on other people’s schedules instead of your own, says Glei. And it probably means pushing back that deep-attention work until later in the day, when your ability to focus has decreased and you’re worn out from aggressively working on inbox zero."

7. If you have 30 seconds: Follow Dog Wat I Saw

Border collie very proud of standing in a muddy puddle - 13:23pm London Fields

https://twitter.com/dogwatisaw

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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