How To Feel Ethereal

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  • Use scented body mist to make your hair smell nice
  • Moisturize every night before bed so your skin is really soft
  • Laugh when you wanna laugh
  • Cry when you wanna cry
  • Apply gentle pink lip balm
  • Go to bed before midnight most nights so you get the full amount of sleep
  • Light scented candles around your room
  • Leave the windows open
  • Wear soft, flowy fabrics
  • Give yourself some time to wake up in the morning before you start your day, to just take in the sounds and transition to wakefulness
  • Do things you would normally do inside outside – even if it’s just reading a book, or having your lunch
  • Keep a gratefulness journal – each night, just add a couple things you’re grateful for, or happy about
  • Take bubble baths with the lights dim
  • Eat fruits instead of candy
  • Sing when you’re alone, and sing with friends
  • Take a moment to look around, take in the sights and smells and the beauty of the world around you
  • Do something nice for someone

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Be Good To Those You Love

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When someone loves you – really loves you – treat them gently. Text your best friend back when you can. Tell your mother you noticed her haircut and that she was right about that recipe. Tell your grandfather that the boats in his bottles are the best things you’ve ever seen. Be good to the people who are good to you. It’s the least you can do.
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Tips For Listening Well

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1. Don’t interrupt. Let the speaker finish what they are saying – and at a speed that is comfortable for them – before formulating your own response.

2. Give the speaker your full and undivided attention. Ignore what is happening around you and block out distracting noises.

3. Pay attention to your own internal dialogue and don’t allow your mind to wander. This is not the time for you to be judging or mentally criticising the speaker or thinking about all the items on your to-do list for the day. Focus on what is being said, the tone of voice, and the body language of the speaker.

4. Pay attention to your own body language. Ask yourself: what kind of vibes am I giving off? What kind of message am I sending? The emphasis should be on looking and sounding concerned, interested, focused, accepting and genuine.

5. Be comfortable with silence. Often silence encourages the person to say more. Also, we don’t need to have an answer to every question or a solution to every problem. Most of the time it is presence and empathy that count the most.

6. Don’t get drawn into playing the game of “I have it so much worse than you; or my problem is bigger than yours.” In this situation, you are there for them. They are the focus and priority right now.

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Growing Pains

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Nobody ever talks about this part… You know, the part where you’re no longer a caterpillar and not yet a butterfly. You don’t know who you are and you don’t know where you’re going. All you know is that every fibre of your being is calling for transformation. For disruption. For a revolution of the spirit. So surrender. Breakdown.
This is not the death of you. This is the dying of who you once were. This is your rebirth, darling.
And these are called, “growing pains.”
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