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7 Tiny Changes To Try Out This Week

Just some small changes.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Stop hate-reading.

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You know what I mean. Unfollow that person on Instagram who makes you mad or jealous or annoyed. Stop reading that blog or that columnist who rubs you up the wrong way. Life is too short.

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2. If you have 5 minutes: Consider claiming a title of your own.

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I love this essay by Nicole Richie, on reclaiming her past, and refusing to be labelled a "former wild child".

"I was so used to hearing others' views of my life that I found myself believing them. I sat and wondered, Why do I laugh at home, but feel shamed out in the world? With my family and close friends, I am owning my past, relishing in the absurdity, slightly flinching at my own naïveté, and giving myself props for the unabashed bravery that streaked through my youth. But not trying to hide from it, not trying to change it, just allowing it to help propel me forward."

4. If you have 15 minutes: Create a ritual for yourself.

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I am always cautious about the commodification of self-care (buy this thing to make you feel better!), but there is a lot to be said about creating a space of one's own, if only for a little while.

With that in mind, the London Tea Club sent me a sample subscription of their teas. For £10 a month, you get three vials of beautiful loose leaf tea, plenty of pouches (so you don't have to bring a strainer everywhere) and tasting notes. Each vial has enough for several cups, and I really enjoyed taking a few moments out of my day to boil the kettle, measure the tea, seal it in the pouch, brew and drink.

5. If you have 20 minutes: Listen to the Mental Illness Happy Hour.

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My friend Katie sent me this recommendation. This absorbing podcast is actually an hour long, but you can break it into chunks. The show bio writes it better than I can:

"The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction and other mental challenges which are so prevalent in the creative arts.

Paul’s hope is that the show and this website will give people a place to connect, smile and feel the return of hope. The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help."

6. If you have 30 minutes: Keep an evening free for yourself.

every time this alert comes up is the most I have ever felt truly proud of myself

I spotted this tweet and went "omg yes!" I am bad at keeping time free in my schedule, but am going to try and keep Sunday evenings free from now on. Having time to just flop about the house, or to organise my week makes me feel so much more relaxed.

7. If you have 30 seconds: Read this tweet.

this dog likes to jump on the trampoline alone

This is a weekly series! Do you have a self-care tip you'd like me to feature? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me!

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