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Put on your oxygen mask and then assist others.

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

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.

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2. Sip a
warm cozy beverage.

Sip a warm cozy beverage.

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Add marshmallows as needed.

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3. Hug
someone you love.

Hug someone you love.

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Pets count as “someone.”

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4. Get a
good night’s sleep.

Get a good night's sleep.

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

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5. Say
something nice to a stranger or acquaintance.

Say something nice to a stranger or acquaintance.

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Or even to yourself.

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6.
Meditate.

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.

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

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

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.

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9. Donate
to a charity you care about.

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.

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10. Take
a walk.

Take a walk.

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Getting a little blood flowing and fresh air
always helps.

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11.
Listen to your favorite uplifting music.

Listen to your favorite uplifting music.

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

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12. Write
a gratitude list.

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.

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13. Put
on your favorite soft jammies.

Put on your favorite soft jammies.

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Sweatpants make most things slightly better.

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

Sign up to volunteer for a non profit 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!

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

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.

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

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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