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7 Small Changes To Try This Week

Small change, big difference.

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1. If you have 3 minutes: Relax with rain sounds.

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I love RainyMood for some soothing white noise. You can download it as an app, but I like to just have it open in a tab.

2. If you have 5 minutes: Put pressure on period cramps.

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Whatever helps, right?

3. If you have 10 minutes: Try scent therapy.

Neal's Yard

Look, maybe this isn't for you, and I appreciate that. But my friend and colleague Emma writes:

"If you don't buy into this, that's cool, but I am 👏 here 👏 for 👏 aromatherapy👏 .

I always carry around an essential-oil rollerball in my purse to rub on my pulse points, I'm a huge fan of candles and scented baths, and I also use a pillow spray to help me sleep. Maybe I'm just a creature of luxury, but there's something about the ritual of all these things, and taking the time to focus on lighting a candle or running a bath, that I find intensely relaxing – as well as the actual smell of it."

You can read more of Emma's tips here: 13 Little Ways I Deal With My Anxiety


4. If you have 15 minutes: Try a game to keep your brain happy.

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I love this blog post about ways to distract your brain if you feel you're going to have a panic attack. The author writes:

"One of the things I find most useful to have in my armoury against my anxiety, is these little games I have created for myself. I can play them (mostly) anywhere, anytime and they manage to distract my brain enough to get past the rush of adrenaline which usually means I’m on the Anxiety Express- NEXT STOP PANIC ATTACK!"

Read the whole thing here.

5. If you have 20 minutes: Eat exactly what you fancy.

Make something you really want to eat. For example, I'm going to spend Sunday making this Buttermilk Fried Chicken (that's the end result in the picture – I hope that mine will be as delicious). The world's not going to end if you don't eat perfectly every day.

6. If you have 30 minutes: Get an STI check.

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Part of self-care (for me anyway), is respecting my body enough to look after it – not just fudging along with things that don't feel right. So get an STI check, or a smear test if you're due one. If you're someone who takes contraception, take some time to figure out what the right one for you is.

Speaking of, this is a useful piece about what it's like to have an IUD inserted.

7. If you have 30 seconds: Read this Tumblr post.

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