Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog


12 Things You’re Carrying With You That Are Only Weighing You Down

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 08:00 PM PST

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1. The city you thought you had to live in. As we grow up, we realize that the "big city" dream is kind of an empty one: aside from a more robust job selection, smaller cities and lesser-known parts of town are more conducive to community and financial independence and so on. Untie your dream life from logistical nightmares.

2. The ideal job you're still waiting for.
Work is work, whether you like what you do or not. Your dream job is whatever you decide it is. If you don't learn to like whatever you do now, chances are you'll feel similarly later. (Wherever you go, there you are.)

3. The clutter you've just been too lazy to get rid of. The papers that need to be shredded, the old clothes and cluttered closets that you've left to just keep accumulating junk… these things aren't little things, they are everything, and they affect your life more than you realize.

4. The person you think other people want you to be. Inconsistencies make people uncomfortable, which is why we feel apprehensive to changing ourselves. But the risk of stepping out of other people's comfort zones comes with a reward that's more important than anything else: getting to be who you really are.

5. The idea that life is still in it's "dress rehearsal" phase. When we're in school, we're kind of taught that everything is just "preparation" for the future. There is no seamless transition into waking up and realizing that it's just time to live.

6. The debt you took on to become someone you're not. There's a difference between a wise (albeit large) investment, like a student loan, and a maxed out credit card that is nothing but the product of your crippling belief that you aren't enough.

7. Friends you've kept out of proximity, not connection. Spending your time with people you don't actually like, doing things that don't actually fulfill you may seem innocuous, but letting it become a habit will drain you in ways you probably won't even be aware of.

8. The fear of discomfort. If you spend your life avoiding discomfort, you'll spend your life avoiding growth.

9. A spotlight complex. Nobody is thinking about you the way that you are thinking about you. In fact, nobody is looking at you the same way either. You're likely not a celebrity, an maintaining the idea that you are makes you behave as though you are, when really, it's a kind of entertainment that cripples, rather than bolsters, your self-image.

10. The love you're still waiting for. Whether it's the one that got away, the friends you think you need to have, or the popularity you're still trying to build… the love you're waiting for is just a projection of the love you're not already giving yourself.

11. The idea that success is the ultimate end-goal. If being wealthy or popular is your #1 priority, you will likely have to sacrifice a lot on the way: your relationships, your sanctity of mind. If that's what you want, fine, but if it's not, be aware of what you're working toward before you arrive somewhere you never wanted to be.

12. The way you thought your life would look.
The way you thought your life would be was only a projection of what you knew at the time. It's not a matter of changing it so it better suits what you once thought it would be like, but changing your perception of the present. TC mark

I Think I’m Finally Clean From You

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 07:00 PM PST

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There are no more words.

I never thought I’d see the day.

I thought I would fill up journal upon journal and write manuscripts that would topple over, pages scattering and littering my floor all because of you. I’d wear out computers, my fingers would have calluses from the pencils and pens. I thought I could write the real ‘never ending story’ all because of you and me and what we were and what we weren’t.

But I’m sitting here, with a blank page and a bright screen glaring back at me, trying to write about you and there’s nothing. Nothing comes to mind. Where there should be a stiff and angry sore on my finger from dwelling and penning non-stop there’s just smooth skin, and nails I no longer bite out of stress and worrying that you’d come back.

There are no more words.

The day you left I tried to purge everything that could have possibly held some shred of you. I sat among shirts and movies, jewelry and plants. All of it felt like it was breathing at me, staring at me, and permanently staining me with the remnants of you. I was convinced if I threw it all away, shoved it in leftover grocery bags and left it on your porch that I would be free.

That I would be clean.

But I wasn’t.

For years you were the ghost around every corner, the heartbeat I could always hear. I saw you in dust patterns on the kitchen floor and in the smears on the window and try as I might to scrub you away a week later, there you’d be. I sat in showers too hot to handle breathing in the steam and wishing. But despite waiting until my skin was raw and red you were the mark on my chest that was unfortunately permanent and now part of me.

So I wrote you down.

I purged myself of you by turning you into metaphors and similes. I tagged you with things like “exes” and “heartbreak” and made no apologies for telling the world my side of the story. I typed word after word, paragraph after paragraph, and I was sure you’d be my War and Peace and everyone would complain about the length.

I thought you would never end, but now there are no more words.

I’m sitting here, staring at a blank screen, trying to write about you, and nothing comes to mind. There’s a blinking bar begging me to type, but asking me air my dirty laundry some more, but there’s no urge and I think I’ve said all there is to say.

I used to see you in the dishes piling in the sink, in the puddles that collect on my balcony during the rain, but now the moments when you cross my mind are few and far between. I used to be convinced that you would be my always, but now I know you were just my once. I used to be weighed down and cluttered with your memory, but now you’re just a chapter that is long finished.

I thought once you would stain me forever, but now I know that I am clean.

There are no more words left to write, no more journals to ink with your name.

There’s only one more word.

Goodbye.TC mark

When Someone Breaks Your Heart, You Have To Clean Them Away Too

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 06:00 PM PST

 Kara Nesvig
Kara Nesvig

Cleanliness is next to godliness, they always say. And it is, it really is. There's something so pure about spending time on your hands and knees, scrubbing at stains on the kitchen floor you'd never even noticed, or peeling back the rugs to leave big swaths of untouched floor exposed. Dust particles shimmer in the sunlight until you collect them all and shoo them out the door.


There's a ritual in cleaning, a project to be accomplished. You set out your supplies, the chemicals to bleach and brighten and disinfect, the cloths to sweep away dust, all these tools to make your space feel fresh and new. You take your time. You can't do a thorough job when you're rushing; a deep clean has to be considered. You change into your grubby old clothes, turn on the radio and set about your task. Cleaning gives you a purpose for the next few hours; you can distract yourself from what's bothering you, exorcise your frustrations, come back to what you were doing with a refreshed point of view when you're done.

The process of cleaning soothes my busy brain. I listen to the swish, swish, swish of the broom as it moves across the floor, the "shh"ing rasp of a sponge scrubbing away stubborn discolorations on the old bathtub. Pictures in frames are dusted, smiled at, set back where they belong. Dishes are washed and stacked in the cupboards where they belong. Dirty clothes get bundled up and put away. Surfaces are wiped, garbage is taken out. Clutter is returned to its rightful place. You work until you're satisfied, until your space feels clean and pure.

When someone breaks your heart, you have to clean them away, too. You have to scrub it all out of your life, wash the sheets to get every trace of their skin, their eyelashes and their hair out of your bed, throw their toothbrush in the trash, donate their sweatshirts to the Goodwill. If it offends you, it's gone right out with the garbageman. When when something horrible happens and shakes up your world, the only thing that makes you feel okay again is a fresh start. When you clean all the damage away and take your time to make sure every corner is polished and spotless, there's no evidence that it was ever even there in the first place.

When I moved into my apartment, I was aching, stung and bitter all over. My skin was covered head to toe in invisible bruises, tender at the touch. I needed rooms with no track record, a place that hadn't been stained yet. I unlocked the door that first day and found only empty, spotless space. The previous owner had done a good job of completely erasing herself from every square foot; all she left were a few deep gouges on the floor.

That first night, after all of my things had been loaded in and neatly arranged the way I liked them, every perfume bottle set down on a tray, every piece of clothing hanging in order and every box unpacked, I lit all the candles, turned off the lights and laid on the floor. I closed my eyes and reigned in my careening brain. All I felt then was calm. This was where I needed to be. This was my fresh start, my new day with no mistakes in it yet. There was space enough to breathe here, in these pristine rooms. TC mark

9 Ways To Spring Clean All The Toxic Thoughts That Are Holding You Back

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 05:00 PM PST

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1. Care less about what others think.

The minute you allow someone else’s opinions to affect your way of life, is the minute you surrender your ability to be authentically yourself. Your self-expression is one thing in this crazy world that you DO have control over. Be the person YOU want to be, do the things YOU want to do, and conquer the fear of questioning what will happen when you do.

2. Accept that there will be someone better than you.

Once you accept that you won’t always be the best, you’ll be able to become your best-self. You don’t have to be better than everyone else you just have to accept your best for what it is.

3. Know that your best effort will always be enough.

You may not always be THE best, but you can be YOUR best. It inherently feels good to work hard at something that pays off in your favor, but that won’t always be the case. Accept that sometimes even hard work won’t obtain your desired results, but knowing that you did all you possibly could should give you feeling of accomplishment no matter the outcome. Let yourself feel accomplished when you deserve it.

4. Stop crediting your success to luck.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Whether or not Roman philosopher, Seneca, actually said this, it speaks enormous amounts of truth when it comes to downplaying your success. Your achievements have little to do with luck, and greatly to do with the amount of work and determination you inject into life every day. You earned the amount of success you receive, so be proud of it!

5. Allow yourself to fail.

We often think of success and failure as opposites, but it’s very rare to have one without the other. Failure is on the ingredient list for success; it’s in the recipe. Stir in a quarter cup of failure, one tablespoon of confusion and doubt, a bit of salt and pepper, bake at 450 and voila, you’ve got something that eventually tastes like victory. It’s okay to fail as long as you let failure be the catalyst of growth.

6. Realize that positive affirmations will only work if you believe in them.

You can look in the mirror and proclaim self love 100 times a day, but unless you actually believe in your affirming words, they won’t make you feel any better. Don’t just reiterate positive affirmations, believe them.

7. Let life happen naturally, and not according to a timeline.

Life doesn’t always pan out the way we planned, and benchmarks usually adjust according to everyone else’s life and not our own. It’s okay if you’re not engaged by 26, married by 30, or popping out your first-born before 35. Not everyone’s life will happen in a linear fashion, but when you allow yourself to embrace living in a zig-zag rather than the average straight line, you’ll find it’s a hell of a lot easier to breathe.

8. Be kind to your body.

Everything you put into your body directly impacts how you feel, emotionally and physically, but you shouldn’t only treat your body well in terms of nutrition. Be kind to your body, don’t hate on it like it’s your least favorite political candidate. Not everyone fully loves every part of themselves, and we all have insecurities, but focus on the parts of yourself you do like, whether they’re physical or not. Your body gets you through life each day so show it more love than hate.

9. Spend time with people who give you as much happiness as you give them.

Don’t lend all of your positive energy to someone who doesn’t appreciate it. When it comes to relationships, platonic or romantic, effort should be a balanced scale. You can’t spend all of your time trying to make someone happy if they don’t bring a sufficient amount of happiness to your life in return. Be around people who love you unconditionally instead of people who take your love for granted. TC mark

Here’s What You Need To Cut Out Of Your Life, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 04:00 PM PST

Daniella Urdinlaz
Daniella Urdinlaz

Aries

(March 21st to April 19th)

Aries are adventurous and independent, they have no problem going on a solo expedition into the unknown. However, they struggle with the routine and focus that is necessary to achieve their major life goals. Aries need to give up the idea that life is supposed to be a non-stop movie montage where each day is different and more exciting than the next. Learn to find joy in the new adventures you’re able to experience as a result of sticking around for awhile.

Taurus

(April 20th to May 21st)

Every Taurus needs to cut out of their life the belief that everyone who tries to get close to them is out to tame them, or force them to give up the independence they love so much. It’s very possible for someone to love you as you are, without needing to own or change you. Be open to them.

Gemini

(May 22nd to June 21st)

Gemini’s notoriously have a hard time making up their mind, they want to pursue every project they think of. They pick up and drop hobbies and dreams like other people change clothes. To grow, a Gemini needs to let go of the guilt they hang on to about being fickle. Sure, it seems flakey, but it stems from their biggest strength: passion. Who cares what other people think? Be happy with your energetic, lively, creative self.

Cancer

(June 22nd to July 22nd)

Cancers have an incredible capacity to love people. But with that, comes the capacity to be hurt. A lot. Cancers need to let go of the people in their past who didn’t love them and look to the future when they will find someone who will.

Leo

(July 23rd to August 22nd)

Leos need to let go of the need to be praised by others in order to feel confident in themselves. This is a nice way to receive affection, but it can’t be a requirement for the world to feel right.

Virgo

(August 23rd to September 22nd)

Virgos need to give up the belief that everything has to be planned and ordered before it can be perfect. A little spontaneity is healthy for you! Be your put-together self most of the time, but when the opportunity presents itself, learn to be a teeny-tiny bit reckless.

Libra

(September 23rd to October 22nd)

Libras need to learn to let go of the weight of other people’s feelings. Libras take on other people’s emotional needs freely: they love to help their loved ones solve problems by being their logical yet empathetic sounding board. While a good trait, it can be very draining. At the end of the day, they need to let go of this burden and worry about their own self-care.

Scorpio

(October 23rd to November 22nd)

Scorpios need to give up the need to be right all the time. In an argument, we describe the better arguer as the “winner” but if they do so at the cost of their relationships — they aren’t really winning.

Sagittarius

(November 23rd to December 21st)

Sagittarius people need to cut out extra flirting. It’s hard to give up something you’re so good at, but past a certain point it’s not fair to the emotions of those around you.

Capricorn

(December 22nd to January 20th)

Capricorns need to cut back on their cold exterior shell. Listen to me when I say every single relationship in your life will be better if you make just a small effort on this front. People aren’t out to get you, it will be okay to let them in a little bit.

Aquarius

(January 21st to February 18th)

Aquarians need to give up the feeling that everyone should care as much as they do. It’s your gift, Aquarius! It wouldn’t be as special if we were all exactly the same.

Pisces

(February 19th to March 20th)

Pisces need to ease up on the self-doubt. It’s a hard thing to cut out completely, especially for such creative people, but they truly have an abundance of it. Keep a journal of nice things people say about you and reference it when you’re feeling down. Everyone loves a Pisces! TC mark

Spring-Cleaning Isn’t Just For Your Home – It’s Also For Your Heart

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 03:00 PM PST

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Spring is near – officially, only two and a half weeks away. Thus, the tradition of "spring-cleaning" is also upon us during this time of year. As the tradition goes, spring-cleaning requires a thorough examination of our homes – sweeping, polishing, and scrubbing all that has gathered in the cold of winter. Perhaps re-organizing our closets and cabinets; replacing the old with the new.

When done well, spring-cleaning requires time and dedication. There is the effort of replacing the winter coats in your closet with lighter jackets and raincoats. The carpet might require cleaning after the frosty dirt from winter boots has clung to it, becoming a part of the woven fabric. If you are one of those inspired homemakers, you might replace the d├ęcor of the home – warm greens and bright lavenders, and other colors of the season.

Yes, spring-cleaning requires effort. But the effort is rewarded more than in kind. From that old-time satisfaction that comes with work done by one's hands, to the pride that comes with a well-kept home, to the less tangible experience of accepting a new season, prepared to receive all it has – good and bad.

But however difficult it is to crouch down and reach those dirty corners, or stand on small ladders to wipe that top shelf, or fold your winter apparel and place them in efficient storage containers, doing the same for your heart will require all the more diligence.

It is easy to see when a home needs to be cleaned and reorganized and put together (again). This is not always true of a heart. Of course it can be blatant – tears that are cried in silence and darkness, an unrelenting anxiety that paralyzes the thoughts of the brain and the body's movement; chronic and continuous fear.

But far too often, between the mundanities and responsibilities of the day, the heart can go on, day after day, month after month, season after season, unattended. And we go on, indifferent.

Without malice, we tend to the appearance of life – as represented by our homes – while life itself – as represented by our hearts – suffer, and oftentimes suffer quietly. But our hearts need spring-cleaning too.

Our hearts need scrubbing, polishing, and sweeping. And we need it in the form of reflection, atonement, and forgiveness – forgiveness of others, forgiveness for ourselves. Our hearts need reorganizing and replacement – spending time deciding what we want to keep with us, and what we ought to discard. Our hearts need to be free from the anger that has clung, and the vices that have stayed. And indeed if we are inspired "heart-makers," we bring in warmth and peace to replace our losses.

This effort of spring-cleaning our hearts is also rewarded more than in kind. With it comes the satisfaction of letting go, the pride of being an agent of change in one's life, and that less tangible experience of accepting a renewed self, prepared to receive all this self brings – the good and the bad. TC mark

This Year, Spring Clean Your Heart

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 02:00 PM PST

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Every springtime, we talk about spring cleaning.

We turn our attention to our external environments – sorting through the clutter we've collected over wintertime and muddling through the dust under our beds.

We talk about the ways in which we're clearing our houses and we talk about clearing our heads. We plan to take road trips, to get out of town, to break away from the stagnant routines of the wintertime and try our best to reset our mindsets for the spring.

But we don't talk about clearing our hearts.

We don't talk about the spring cleaning we really need – the kind where we dust our souls out for cobwebs and clear the pain that has been plaguing us for so long.

We don't talk about clearing our hearts, but we should. We should talk about making it a priority.

Because the truth is, until we get down to the core of what drives and what compels and what's blocking us, we're never going to be able to move forward completely. Until we understand all that we're hiding from ourselves and all the things we still have to work through, we will forever be standing in our own way.

So what if this spring season, instead of going through our closets and drawers, filtering out what we no longer need and rearranging what we choose to keep, we took the same approach and applied it to our minds and souls?

Maybe it's time that we all opened our hearts up, took a good hard look at what's inside of them, and asked ourselves what we've been holding onto for too long. Maybe it's time we sorted through the drawers of our greatest downfalls and swept the dust out from under the rug of our regrets. Maybe we all need to roll up our sleeves this springtime and allowed ourselves to get down and dirty with the pain that we've been procrastinating feeling.

Because doesn't it make sense to begin maintaining our hearts with the same contentiousness and diligence with which we maintain our physical environments? Doesn't it seem like the best way to heal?

The thing about emotional clutter is that it builds up, no matter how much we try to push it down. Our traumas peek out from the cupboards we've hidden them in to taunt us in the dead of night. Our pain seeps unbridled through our blood stream and slips out at every nick and bump that we encounter. Our wounds heal on the surface but keep bleeding internally until we get right down to the heart of where our bruises lie.

After all, our hearts are like any other room; collecting dust and clutter the longer we keep pushing unwanted items under the rug.

So this spring season, what if we stopped focusing on our external environments and turned our attention to our internal challenges and struggles?

Maybe there's someone you still need to say you're sorry to. Maybe there's a wound you need to allow to bleed out. Maybe there's a question your heart has been asking for far too long, that you finally need to find the answer to.

Because no matter how much surface work any of us do – no matter how high we climb the corporate ladder, no matter how hard we hit the gym, no matter how many impressive feats we accomplish or incredible experiences we encounter, we are never going to be able to let those experiences in fully until our hearts are open and ready. And sometimes, in order to get them to that place, we have to do a deep clean.

We have to open ourselves up, clear the dust out from the corners of our past and finally drag out all the filth we have been shoving under our beds. We have to painfully part ways with the feelings that no longer serve us and make room for the new – for the brighter and better and purer.

We have to clear out our hearts in their entirety before we can allow the seasons of our lives to keep on changing.

And hasn’t it been winter inside of your heart for too long?

Maybe it's time you let the springtime back into your spirit.

And maybe all it’s going to take is one last big, courageous cleanse. TC mark

13 Ways To Dust Your Relationship Off When It Needs A Little Extra Shine

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 01:00 PM PST

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1. Cool it with the insulting "jokes."

A deprecating sense of humor is fine… in controlled doses. While you may be able to handle mean jokes, your partner may find your shade-throwing far more hurtful than you know.

2. Try your best not to overreact to stupid shit.

When you're in *a place* with the person you love, every little annoying thing they say is likely to piss you off. Breathe, and try to react appropriately. It'll do you both good.

3. Measure the weight of your words.

Be aware that what you say can have far-reaching, negative consequences. Our words are so easily taken out of context, misheard, and misunderstood—make a conscious effort to say what you mean, and watch how you say it.

4. Show your appreciation for one another.

It doesn't take much to let your partner know that that you're grateful… both for the little things they do for you, and for the little ways they excel at life, generally. So let 'em know.

5. If you're not tryna will it to happen, don't mention breaking up.

Casually saying "maybe we should just break up, then" in the throws of an argument is NOT chill—unless, of course, you really mean it. If you're just saying it to say it, though… don't. You may think it's NBD, but mentioning the demise of your relationship is super toxic.

6. Don't yell!

If you're annoyed, that's fine—but talk about it, don't scream it. Yelling at each other is corrosive. It breaks your spirits, even if you don't really realize it.

7. And shut up with the "shut ups."

Silencing each other is SILLY! It's mean, it's babyish, it's bad. Just don't do it.

8. Talk about what's bothering you.

You’re not wearing decoder rings. You’re not mind-readers. And while it may often seem like your partner should just "get it," relying on their telepathic powers is no bueno. If something's irking you, speak up.

9. Quit going out of your way to make each other jealous.

Making your partner jealous in a twisted effort to turn them on is never productive. If makes you feel stupid and petty, and it makes them feel like shit. Cut it out.

10. Stop putting each other down.

All those snide little comments you make (almost reflexively) when your partner makes a minor fuck up? Swallow them. There's nothing more disheartening than feeling like you have to walk on egg shells around the person you love—so do your best to create a kind, supportive environment to grow that love.

11. Don't cross *the line.*

The one that, after it's crossed, is impossibly difficult to cross back over. Be super careful to avoid saying something in the heat of an argument that you never un-say.

12. Give unexpected, genuine compliments.

When your relationship is struggling, a heartfelt, "damn babe, you're looking on point!" can go a long way.

13. Please don't publish your problems on social media.

While it can be incredibly entertaining, subtweeting is some childish relationship poison. TC mark

8 Tiny (But Profound) Changes That Will Brighten Your Living Space Just In Time For Spring

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 12:00 PM PST

Yuri Arcurs
Yuri Arcurs

1. Move the location of your bed. (Preferably by a window!)
Changing where your bed is positioned in your room might sound silly, but when you alter the physical space of where you're sleeping, it creates an entirely new vibe. Mess around with the headboard, if you have one. Can you remove it? Can you turn your bed width-wise rather than length wise? Can you move it near the window to get the sunlight first thing in the morning?

2. Add some green plants. (Ones you won't kill right away.)

Greenery of any kind always brightens up a living space. If you're not one to take care of plants very well, invest in something you know will be durable. Or if all else fails, get some fake ones. The bright green will make your place look happier and more alive.

3. Recycle old materials for a shelf, coffee table, or nightstand.
Wooden boxes, pallets, or other old materials can easily be cleaned and changed into useful household items. Consult Pinterest and see what you can craft out of some leftover materials in your house or neighborhood. Get inspired and paint something that will match your room, but also be trendy and useful.

4. Create some sort of picture-hanging apparatus and showcase your most recent memories.
Pictures are no-brainer ways of lifting your spirits and the overall feel of your living space. Get some of your favorite snapshots printed at the nearest grocery store and then hang them—on chicken wire, on yarn, in a picture frame, etc.—to make your room look a little more colorful and inviting.

5. Color-code your closet.

This can be a pain, but it's actually super easy and will help you to stay organized (and sort through clothes you never actually wear.) Plus, color-coordinated clothing racks makes your closet more visually appealing and a lot less messy than before.

6. Invest in something that gets your items off the floor.
This can be a hook, stacking set of shelves, or under-the-bed boxes—whatever you choose, get something that helps keep clutter off the ground. This will not only free up your walking space, but will make your space appear more open and roomy.

7. Paint something.

A wall, a chair, a frame—anything. Even if it’s small, it will brighten your space and make it feel completely different.

8. Do a complete flip-flop.
Is the couch to the left of the TV and your dresser to the right? Completely switch them and see how that feels. You might be thrown off at first, but it will make your room seem completely new, which for Spring Cleaning—that's the whole point. TC mark

16 Ideas For A Rainy Day To Instantly Put You In A Good Mood Despite The Weather

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 10:02 AM PST

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  1. Turn the lights down, put on fuzzy socks, and make yourself a cup of hot tea.
  1. Spend the day perfecting your Spotify playlists, so that you have something to look forward to on your daily commute, your long runs, or your tiring days at work.
  1. Build the most badass fort you’ve ever built in your life.
  1. And then read in it all day. And then sleep in it tonight.
  1. Purge your closet more completely than you ever have in your life. Throw out or give away anything you haven’t worn in the last 2-3 months (but don't throw out those UGG boots!), and resist the urge to come up with hypothetical situations about why you need that one pair of pants that you know you’ll never actually wear.
  1. And then follow it up by purging the rest of your room. Studies have shown that a less cluttered, more open living space can actually boost your mental and physical energy.
  1. Have a movie marathon with your significant other or one of your closest friends. All you need are your UGG slippers, popcorn, Netflix, and a super comfy blanket.
  1. Make indoor s’mores. You can use the microwave, your stove, or one of the infinite number of indoor s’mores makers available on Amazon (no, seriously, it’s a real thing.)
  1. Take a day to finally explore the museums, libraries, or other indoor spots of interest in your city that have been on your bucket list for forever.
  1. Light some soothing candles so that you can still enjoy your surroundings, even if the weather isn’t cooperating.
  1. Have a glass of wine in the middle of the afternoon.
  1. Use your inability to spend time outside as an excuse to draw the shades and take a delicious, stress-free nap.
  1. Practice yoga indoors. There’s a million free lessons you can find on YouTube. Even just twenty minutes of mindful stretching can make a difference in your mood.
  1. Treat yourself to some brand new rain boots or a bright raincoat, so that you have a reason to be excited about leaving the house on a rainy day.
  1. Spend an entire day in a massive bookstore.
  1. Find a covered spot outdoors – a park gazebo, a restaurant patio with a roof, the awning in front of your apartment building – and spend a few minutes listening to the rain. It can be incredibly relaxing. TC mark

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