7 Small Changes To Try Out This Week

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2. If
you’ve got 5 minutes: Follow the A-Z of Mental
Health on Instagram

Sonia writes: “22-year-old Bengaluru-based artist
Sonaksha Iyengar recently decided to make an
illustrated series about mental health on
Instagram.” Find out more about the project


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3. If
you’ve got 10 minutes: Make (and drink) a
low-alcohol cocktail.

Generally, drinking less alcohol is a good idea.
Here’s the recipe for a spiked ginger ale (also
known as a Dry Vermouth Buck):

“We’re all searching for a low-ABV long drink
that we can sit back and drink all day. At
Sacred, we make a “Dry Vermouth Buck” (ginger
ale, a shot of vermouth and a little lemon juice
served over ice) that ticks all those boxes, and
isn’t too sweet.
“You can use any good dry vermouth in your ginger
ale, but our Sacred English Dry is heavy on
thyme, which really compliments the ginger notes,
and it contains no sugar for a wonderfully tart
finish. If you’re making up a jug at home, serve
with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.”
— Alexander Jeffreys, development bartender at
Sacred Microdistillery, London

Get more low-alcohol recipes
here. Get cool alcohol-free recipes

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4. If
you’ve got 15 minutes: Zone out with a new

If you've got 15 minutes: Zone out with a new game.

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writes: “I don’t really know how it
happened, but I am completely obsessed with

this game now. Play high-stakes, quickfire
games of Rummy against other players online and
move up through the ranks for glory. I don’t
know what it has to do with cats but I don’t
care. It’s wicked fun and requires just enough
concentration to shut your brain off from the
world around you.”

Download it

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5. If
you’ve got 20 minutes: Try some body-positive

If you've got 20 minutes: Try some body-positive fitspo.

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Chelsey Pippin/ BuzzFeed

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to go
for a run. But when I’m feeling anxious or
depressed, my desire to exercise and move goes
right out of the window. And then I feel bad
about my body, which makes me feel even worse.
This list of
body positive quotes is a good place to
re-assure yourself that simply by supporting
you (literally!) your body is doing enough.

Alternatively, remember that you
don’t have to take anybody’s advice when it
comes to looking after your own mental health.

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6. If
you’ve 30 minutes: Make plans with friends.

If you've 30 minutes: Make plans with friends.

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Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

If you’re someone with social anxiety,
this post is super-useful for advice about
making plans with friends.

“I used to wait for other people to reach out
to me, and would inevitably feel sad and alone
when I had nothing to do on a Friday night,
especially when I’d just graduated from college
and was living in New York City with a long
list of things I wanted to do. After too many
weeks of this, I decided to act on my mom’s
long-standing advice that the phone works both
ways, and I started just texting people when I
wanted to try out a cool new cocktail bar or
something. It’s so basic that in retrospect, it
sounds ridiculous that it was a lightbulb
moment, but I discovered pretty quickly that my
mom was right.”

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

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed
and is based in London.


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