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16 Acts Of Self-Care To Get You Through 2017

Put on your oxygen mask and then assist others.

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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.

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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.

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!

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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