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7 Very Easy Ways To Take Better Care Of Yourself This Week

Small ways to put yourself first.

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1. Commit to ditching electronics an hour before you go to bed.

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One easy way to do this is to set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself that it's time to power down. You should set it for about an hour or an hour and a half before your ~target bedtime~ (whenever that is for you), and have it repeat nightly.

Skipping the late-night screen time (and dimming the lights in your house) can help signal your body to start producing melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. Read more about it here.

If you really can't give up your bedtime Netflix, install F.lux, an app that reduces the blue light from your devices. (Or try coloring or the always classic reading instead of watching TV).


4. Every evening before bed, spend two minutes zoning out or meditating.

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Learn more about meditation — and get a two-minute, four-minute, and 10-minute guided meditation — here. And if you want to read more about meditation, you can find out about its benefits here and frequently asked questions (answered by Deepak Chopra!) here.

5. Spend an hour on Sunday making breakfasts for the entire week.

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Breakfast is less of a hassle when you've already put together a tasty bowl. Get make-ahead recipes for every meal here.

6. Strengthen your butt and core in one minute or less each day.

OK so technically this is over the course of two weeks, not just this week. But if you try it for one week, you might find you like it enough (or at least don't hate it too much) to do next week, too. Find out how to do the two insanely simple exercises in this challenge here.

7. Make a plan that will help you stay hydrated from the time you wake up to the time you swap your water bottle for your wine glass.

Whether you try an app like Plant Nanny — you can read our review of it here — or get a water bottle that will help you stay on track (see how to make one here, or buy one here.