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    7 Small Changes To Try Out This Week

    Small change, big difference.

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    1. If you have 3 minutes: Watch this joyous Sesame Street clip.

    View this video on YouTube

    Julia is the first muppet with autism on Sesame Street. Stephanie">reports:

    "Julia is played by puppeteer Stacey Gordon, herself a mother of a son with autism. Gordon told 60 Minutes she traveled to New York from her home in Arizona to audition for the part. She said the fact that an autistic character is being included on the show is 'huge.'

    "'It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society,' Gordon told 60 Minutes. 'Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion.'

    "She said she hopes kids will better understand autistic children like her son after seeing Julia on the show.

    "'Had my son's friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened,' Gordon said. 'They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that that's okay.'

    "She added: 'It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like.'"

    2. If you have 5 mins: Read this update on therapy from YouTuber and writer Grace Victory.

    3. If you have 10 mins: Try meditating.

    4. If you have 15 minutes: Spend your money in a way that makes you feel good.

    Every week I seem to write about how self-care doesn't need to be conflated with spending money. But if you want to spend money, why not do it in a way that brings you joy? I've just bought a copy of this zine about mental wellbeing, called Do What You Want. All the profits go to charities and not-for-profit organisations. There's an excerpt from the zine currently on Rookie if you'd like a further look.

    I also recently bought the above print by Julia Scheele – she's an illustrator featured in Do What You Want, and 50% of the profits on the print go to Refugee Action UK. Buy it here, £15.

    5. If you have 20 mins: Add something to your diet.

    This article about">small dietary tweaks is full of good advice:

    "You don't have to change anything about what you're already eating, just add a fruit and a vegetable along with your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    "That could be as easy as sauteed spinach with breakfast and blueberries on the side, steamed broccoli and an apple with lunch, and sauteed green beans with dinner, using fruit as an after-dinner treat! That way even if your meals are not the healthiest, you're guaranteeing your body vital nutrients through the fruits and veggies you add in."

    —Anjali Shah, board-certified health coach and founder of The Picky Eater

    6. If you have 30 mins: Watch a show that makes you feel good about yourself.

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

    Hey you guys this monastery adopted a schnauzer and named him Father Mustache forget your worries for a few seconds…

    This is a weekly series! Got a self-care tip you’d like to suggest? Let me know in the comments or tweet me.