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    16 Acts Of Self-Care To Get You Through 2017

    Put on your oxygen mask and then assist others.

    1. Turn off your phone for a set amount of time.

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    Or even just don't check social media. It will still be there when you get back, I promise.

    2. Sip a warm cozy beverage.

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    Add marshmallows as needed.

    3. Hug someone you love.

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    Pets count as "someone."

    4. Get a good night's sleep.

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    Bonus points if you can take a mental health day from work or school.

    5. Say something nice to a stranger or acquaintance.

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    Or even to yourself.

    6. Meditate.

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    Personally, I use this app for guided meditation, but even just setting a timer for five minutes and focusing on your breath can do wonders. It's OK if you fall asleep.

    7. Hang out with animals in person or look at cute pics of them online.

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    Your dog's optimistic mood will be contagious. Conversely if you have a cat, their "I don't give a fuck" vibe can be inspiring.

    8. Watch a movie, TV show, or read a book you love.

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    It's OK to escape into another world for a little and recharge.

    9. Donate to a charity you care about.

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    Even if it's just a few dollars, you'll feel a little better and every cent counts.

    10. Take a walk.

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    Getting a little blood flowing and fresh air always helps.

    11. Listen to your favorite uplifting music.

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    It's legitimately amazing how much music can affect your mood.

    12. Write a gratitude list.

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    You'd be amazed at how much there is to be thankful for once you get started: Shoes on your feet, working lungs, a roof over your head, clouds, the list is endless.

    13. Put on your favorite soft jammies.

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    Sweatpants make most things slightly better.

    14. Sign up to volunteer for a nonprofit you care about sometime in the near future.

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    If you're not feeling up to running out the door and volunteering right this second, just the act of signing up for a future event and knowing it's coming will make you feel productive. And then when the time comes to actually act you'll be ready!

    15. Do something that makes you feel pampered, whether that's getting your nails done or simply taking a shower.

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    Wash, refresh, paint sparkles.

    16. And if all else fails, just wrap yourself in a blanket and give yourself some time to recharge.

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    If you're feeling overwhelmed, comfort yourself. The sooner you feel better the sooner you can help others.

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