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The Art of Self-Care

Sometimes, you just need to take a break. I know, easier said than done. Here are a few quick tricks to fit some time for self-care into a never-ending busy schedule. 

Take a Deep Breath (Or a Couple…)

This sounds too simple, right? If your day is jam packed with work, whenever you have a break in between meetings, classes, etc. , stop for one minute, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths. Listen to the sound of it and focus only on the air going in and out. If it helps, count each time you exhale a breath. If you need (or have more time for) more than three breaths, keep going! It sounds silly but it really does help.

Smile 

Ninety-nine percent of the time, if I’m smiling, I’m happy. It’s a natural reaction for your energy to change when you smile. Muscle memory associates the act of smiling with the emotion of happiness. It’s a natural trigger. With that, find a reason to smile at some point today. Look at a funny picture you took with a friend, a text that made you die of embarrassment originally but now makes you giggle when you talk about it. Speaking of, f you’re in an especially stressful situation, call someone and tell them about it. Every time I go through a particularly frustrating situation, I call my friends with the intent to rant about the situation until I feel I’ve made my point about how unfair my life is and beg the question of “why is the universe doing this to me?”. This usually ends in me laughing it off because talking about it makes me realize how insignificant these events really were. Sometimes you just need to hear it out loud to be able to put things in perspective.

Plan Ahead 

In one of my recent reads, I came across this genius idea of planning little surprises for yourself. I know that I always feel more motivated when I have something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a week-long excursion or a bank breaking appointment of some kind. It can be as little as scheduling a coffee date with friends at a café you’ve never been to before. This past Monday, I was in the middle of a crisis while looking at everything I had to do in the upcoming week. I stopped everything I was doing, google searched nearby spas, and booked facials for myself and my roommate. The facials were relatively inexpensive, and it was something we had been wanting to do for a really long time. It was completely worth it. It feels good to treat yourself occasionally! You deserve it!

Eat a Donut

…Or a baked good of any kind. Get on yelp and search “best bakery near me”. Click on the one that looks the most appetizing, has the cutest décor, or the highest rating (whatever floats your boat). Even with the splurge on calories, I can promise you that by the time you take that last bite, you’ll have a huge smile on your face. Baked goods are magical. 

Act of Kindness

I don’t know about you but doing things for others makes me genuinely happy in return. Go out of your way to do something kind for someone else. Hold open a door, offer a ride to your roommate, give someone a bigger tip than usual, pay for the person’s drink behind you. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything huge. If you want to take it a step further, go for it! It can never hurt to build up good karma! 

Hit the Breaks 

Put your phone down (unless, of course, you’re reading this article). Start small with intentionally putting away electronics for five minutes. Set a timer if you’d like. No, it doesn’t count if you do this while napping… Take a break from social media. Even if you don’t think you have a problem with it, try it and see how you feel. I deleted snapchat recently, planning on re-downloading it the next day. It’s been two weeks and I haven’t missed it one bit. Instead of taking on more stressors through social media, tackle some stressors you currently have in your real life with that spare five minutes. 

And if none of these suggestions help, look up pictures of tiny animals. Tiny animals are always a good idea. 

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Valentine’s Day 2019

Although Valentine’s Day is widely recognized as only a “Hallmark Holiday”, it is still one of my favorites. Not only is everything a shade of my favorite color, pink (I know, typical girl, gag) but it’s also taking an entire day to just appreciate the people you love. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s never the gift itself that matters. It’s the quality of the meaning behind the gift that speaks far beyond the physical quality.

Now that we’ve covered the sentimental aspect, let’s cut to the good stuff… shopping (insert little smiling devil emoji here). This year I went to the one and only place that can take all of my money, without me knowing it and without me being upset about it. The culprit is someone we all know and love. The place where space, time and money have no true meaning. Any guesses?

Yup.

You would be correct.

Hello, my dear friend/enemy/true love, Target.

If you are looking for a one stop shop for Valentine’s Day, this is truly it. Not only does their discount section have everything you could possibly need, but their candy section is insaaneeely amazing.

This year, I decided I wanted to not only send cards out, but I wanted to spice it up a bit and add some candy or goodies as well. If you’re thinking about mailing a card out, here are some tips to add a little something extra!

  • Think flat: although this seems obvious, it’s really easy to get carried away with items that are bulkier than you may have thought.
  • Shortcut list of flat items: single tea bags, small valentines, sticker sheets, enclosed candy (I chose fun dip & Haribo gummy bear packs), polaroid or regular photos.
  • To add a little pizazz: Scour the discount section at the front of Target, there are so many cute options!!! I landed on small heart confetti (sorry to anyone receiving my cards, I know you’ll hate me for getting it everywhere but look how freaking cute it is!). Something that may be a little less messy would be petals of flowers, which would come with the bonus of a fresh scent when opened! Or you could pull an Elle Woods and spray a fresh scent on the card before you seal it up. No regrets.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not mail anything chocolate in a card!!! Let me tell you, this seems like a staple but I promise you will pick up at least one bag of chocolate and have to deeply contemplate why this feels wrong. Trust your gut. It’s wrong. It will melt and inevitably be even messier than the cute confetti you’re blessing your friends/family/loved ones with.

Here are some things I came up with, all found in one sitting at Target!

See, look how cute the little heart shaped confetti is!! Told you. You thought I was lying.
These little scratch offs decide whether or not the receiver is your galentine (there are losers, so look out!)
There are so many sticker options… So. Many.
My personal favorite are the puff stickers! Use them to decorate the card or send a sheet to let the person receiving them have a little fun!
Last, but definitely not least, is the candy. I tried to pick one thing everyone usually enjoys and one thing that was a bit of a throwback!

I’ll give you a quick breakdown of my purchases so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it!

  • Heart Cards (6 pack) : $5.99
  • Sticker Sheets : $1
  • Heart Confetti: $1
  • Fun Dip (24 ct) : $3.49
  • Haribo Gummies (25 ct) : $3.49

That about sums up my Valentine spending this year! Sorry for the huge spoiler alert to anyone getting a card from me in the upcoming weeks!! Hope this is a good reminder that it doesn’t take much to reach out to someone you love on this holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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