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7 Self-Care Tips You Should Try Out This Week

Small change, big impact.

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3. If you have 10 minutes: Find a mental comfort blanket.

Elizabeth Hickey / BuzzFeed

I love this essay, where Rachael writes about realising that reading recipes or watching cooking shows helps to calm her anxieties.

Find something that soothes you – a kind of mental comfort blanket. For me, it's photos of dogs (so much so that my phone background is of a very chill smiling shiba inu).

4. If you have 15 minutes: Remember that imposter syndrome is real.

Helena Pérez García for BuzzFeed

Our Science Editor Kelly is clever and wonderful, and someone I'm glad to call my friend. And yet, for a long time she felt like a fraud.

She writes: The term “impostor phenomenon” (now better known as “imposter syndrome”) was coined in 1979 by a pair of clinical psychologists. Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, writing in the journal Psychotherapy, described it as an “intellectual phoniness that appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women”.

"It happens when people fail to internalise their achievements and, believing that they’ve got where they are by luck and not their own ability, are worried about being exposed as a fraud. Subsequent research has revealed that it’s not just found in women, and that 70% of people might feel like an impostor at some point in their lives. In fact many prominent academics, including other female physicists, have spoken about their own impostor syndrome in recent years.

Knowing this doesn’t stop the train of thought entirely, but it helps."

5. If you have 20 minutes: Just feel your feelings, man.

Flickr: maggyvaneijk

Maggy writes:

"Sometimes when we’re feeling shitty we want nothing else but to push those feelings away, store them up, and deal with them later. However, feelings are needy little creatures. The more you push them out, the harder they’ll come rushing back.

"Allow yourself to cry, scream, and laugh hysterically when you need to. Release some energy when adrenaline and rage are getting the best of you and talk to someone close to you if you’re worried you can’t quiet your mind."

6. If you have 30 minutes: Help out in your community.

Kirby on Facebook says: “Community service is great. It can be hard to make yourself do it, but afterwards there’s the reward of having helped someone in need. It makes me feel more reconnected when I tend to get stuck inside myself. PLUS someone else’s day gets better too.”

I mean, you might not have time for this, but feeling connected to where you live is a great way to feel grounded. What about asking the name of the dog you see when walking to work every morning? (I did this today, his name is DK and he's a French Mastiff).

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

I like to believe that these two otters witnessed a newsworthy incident and are now being interviewed on local tv

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!