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15 Ways to Give Yourself a Break

Reward yourself, you deserve it!
IMAGE Patrick Martires
  1. Give yourself a good night's rest.

No surprise here, a lot of us rarely get full sleep. This pin features simple tips on how to maximize your environment and avoid habits that result to poor sleep.

  1. Cook yourself a cheat meal.

Once in a while, indulge yourself in a savory meal or heavenly dessert. Try out these mouth-watering recipes and share it with good company for an even better break.

  1. Create a thank you list.

Incorporate a positive habit to your daily routine, for each day of the month, find something to be grateful for, or you can do this list in one sitting to get maximum positivity.

  1. Have some tea.

From anxiety, acne, to PMS, there's a kind of tea to help alleviate these problems. Slow down a busy day by sipping a hot cup of tea.

  1. Get a home facial.

No fancy ingredients here, in fact, you only need coffee grinds and milk to give yourself a pampering at home facial.

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  1. Have a Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate float.

Because it's the rainy season and a hot beverage with ice cream is pretty much sunshine in a mug.   

  1. Read a good novel.

Escape reality with a good read, these YA novels will have you travel different worlds and fall in love with heroines and their stories.

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  1. Play with your pets.

Your fluffy, loving pets deserve a break too, and for them it's as simple as spending quality time. Cuddling your pet will surely give you happiness and relaxation you need. Make it worthwhile by whipping up a batch of tasty, healthy pet treats.

  1. Take care of a succulent.

These low-maintenance plants will add a happy and relaxing vibe to your room. Use cute decorations, crystals, figurines, and printed bowls to give your succulent a happy home.

  1. Engage in art therapy.

There are many forms of art therapy that involve just letting your imagination run free, so don’t worry if you don't identify as artsy or creative, you can still largely benefit from the activities in this pin.

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  1. Try simple yoga poses.

You only need ten minutes to stretch your way to a more positive and rejuvenated person. Follow these five simple moves here.

  1. Relax with reflexology.

Massaging specific pressure points in your body will help calm you down, a nice guide to keep handy for sudden stressful moments.

  1. Listen to music.

Slow it down with Norah Jones or have fun with the Spice Girls, this song list would make a great addition to your playlist.

  1. Read affirmations.

Manifest positivity on a negative day; declare these powerful statements to give yourself some self-love.

  1. Get lost in travel films.

Winding down after a hectic day with a good movie is a must-do on our list, try watching these travel-themed flicks to inspire the wanderlust in you.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Juliana Rebong 10 hours ago

Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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