7 Ways To Make Your Life A Bit Better This Week


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1. If
you’ve got 3 minutes: Try out a pillow spray.

My favourite part of going to sleep is
luxuriously spraying my pillow and sheets with a
calming scent. I’ve tried plenty, but I
especially like
L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist (£14 for a
huge bottle),
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£16 for a
decent-sized bottle) and
Costwold Lavender Slumber Spray (£7.25). You
don’t have to buy a *specific* sleep spray, I’ve
also used ironing water/linen spray as well. The
main thing is that you enjoy the scent.

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2. If
you’ve got 5 minutes: Find your well.

If you've got 5 minutes: Find your well.

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Flo Perry/ BuzzFeed

This piece focuses on
ways Muslims can feel just a little more OK
right now (which is good, and useful!) but
this point is relevant to all:

“Rashad says to ask yourself “Where do I go to
feel nourished and affirmed? To feel
understood?” Maybe it’s a friend who always
makes you laugh, someone who texts you loving
things, a conversation with your mom, being in
nature, meditation, prayer, or even watching a
video of your adorable baby cousin. Just make
sure you know what your well is and that you go
there often, using it as a chance to take a
moment to breathe and gather your strength.”

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3. If
you’ve got 10 minutes: Read about somebody
else’s journey.

If you've got 10 minutes: Read about somebody else's journey.

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Cathy Ngo/ BuzzFeed

I read this essay about dating after getting
sober and it knocked me to the floor:

“In high school, I finally discovered myself in
the three Little Kings beers or the moonshine
(it was Kentucky, after all) that I downed in
someone’s backyard, in my very first
screwdriver. I didn’t indulge in the kind of
open-mouthed, grinding partying that other
teens held so dear. I did not want to
experiment; I wanted to drink, and I would be
damned if anyone was going to take that away
from me. There was so little that was mine.”

Read it here:

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4. If
you’ve got 15 minutes: Try an old-school
puzzle.

If you've got 15 minutes: Try an old-school puzzle.

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Ailbhe Malone/ BuzzFeed

I’ve taken to carrying a little book of
crosswords in my handbag. I do one in the
morning on the train to work, and one on the
way home. If I’m having a creative block at
work, or I need a couple of minutes to myself,
I try and bash out a few clues too.

Focusing on a logic problem with a finite
solution (and a solutions page at the back!) is
very reassuring.

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5. If
you’ve got 20 minutes: Reset your expectations.

If you've got 20 minutes: Reset your expectations.

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Maritsa Patrinos / BuzzFeed

I’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier the
past few weeks, and when I’m less hard on
myself, I find it easier to make better
choices. For example, it’s not the end of the
world if I have a snack before dinner. I’ll
just have a handful of crisps, instead of a
bag. Commenter Stephanie
agrees:

“Tiny steps. What’s helped me is just
understanding that progress is eating a few
pieces of candy instead of whole bags, or
spending an extra five minutes walking my pup.”

It’s also important to learn not to fight
against your body, but make decisions that feel
good to you. Commenter Kayla
explains: “I have a disability and chronic
pain, and take a lot of life saving medications
that make me gain and retain weight.
Compounding this problem, and like many others
with disabilities, exercising and preparing
healthy food can use more energy than I have.
When I’m able, I’ve been focusing on eating
vegetable based, filling meals because I know
my body feels better if I do.”

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6. If
you’ve got 30 minutes: Go to a class with a
friend.

“Enrol in a class with a friend (or multiple
friends). I recently signed up for a dance class
and I feel good when I go, however I always get
caught up in my anxiety and not wanting to go.
Having people to go with makes you feel more
accountable to go and you’ll usually have a good
laugh together too.” – Commenter Kora Liegh Glatt
via Facebook

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7. If you
have 30 seconds: Read this tweet.

Johns Hopkins gives Honorary Master’s Degree
to service dog after attending every one of
his owner’s classes.

— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy)

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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
tweet
me.

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

 

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