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The next time you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed by adulting, take a deep breath and consider indulging in one (or all) of the items on this list. That annoying project can wait until after your candlelit bath, thank you very much.

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1. Buy yourself fresh flowers just because it’s Tuesday and your desk looked sad and sparse.

2. Watch your favorite movie with a giant bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine nearby.

3. …Better yet, make it a sad one and have a long, hard, cleansing cry, just because.

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4. Light some candles and draw a bath. (Don’t be stingy with those fancy soaps and oils, either.)

5. Or take a leisurely shower that involves hair masks, full-body exfoliation and shaving your legs...only if you want to.

6. Then brush your hair slowly and deliberately (like you’re Rapunzel and you’re treating yourself to a scalp massage).

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7. Instead of focusing on the things you need to do, write down a list of your accomplishments. Because you’re awesome, dammit.

8. Treat yourself to a massage…and hey, what the heck, why not add on a facial, too?

9. Cancel unnecessary plans. Like drinks with that friend-of-a-friend you’re not sure you even like (or remember) in the first place.

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11. …And then hang out with your pet (or stuffed animal friend) all day.

12. While you’re at it, take a break from social media. You won’t miss much—maybe another photo of your friend’s kid or the meal your boss ate on vacation.

13. … And then watch all of the Carpool Karaokes instead. (Marry us, James Corden.)

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14. Wrap yourself up in a blanket and read to your heart’s content. (Maybe pause briefly to let the delivery guy in.)

15. On that note, eat something that reminds you of your childhood…or being a college freshman. (The breadier and cheesier the better. It’s only one meal, y’all. There’s no need to feel guilty.)

16. Take a long walk in your neighborhood. No time constraints or errands involved.

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17. …Or venture to a nearby trail and just enjoy the beautiful nature around you.

18. Listen to the songs that make you happiest. (Full disclosure: That might mean the Backstreet Boys for some of us.)

19. Lose yourself in a coloring book. (Psst, they make them for adults now.)

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20. Dance or jump around your house with reckless abandon (with those aforementioned happy jams, natch.) Repeat at least once a day. Hey, it’s for your health.

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