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This Is What 'Self-Care' REALLY Means, Because It's Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake

True self-care brings freedom

True self-care is letting yourself be normal. Not having to keep up with a new thing to buy. If you find yourself having to indulge in consumer self-care regularly, it's because you are disconnected from actual self-care.

Real self-care involves making choices for your long-term wellness.

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True self-care

True self-care is very simple. It is not salt baths and chocolate cake and turning your phone off for the day to escape from life. Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so exhausted.

It is choosing to build a life you don’t need to escape from regularly. It often involves doing the things you least want to do to achieve what you most desire in life.

True self-care brings freedom

True self-care is letting yourself be normal. Not having to keep up with a new thing to buy. If you find yourself having to indulge in consumer self-care regularly, it's because you are disconnected from actual self-care.

Real self-care involves making choices for your long-term wellness.

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Self-Care Ideas For The Soul
  • Help someone.
  • Write out your thoughts. Then let them go as you burn or bin the paper.
  • Hang out with people who emit enthusiasm and positivity.
Self-Care Ideas For The Body
  • Use the body scan technique to check in with each part of your body.
  • Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest three times.
  • Put on your favorite upbeat record and dance.
  • Stretch your body.
  • Run, walk or go up and down the stairs for a few minutes.
  • Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
  • Look lovingly and without judgment at your naked self in the mirror.
  • Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Get fifteen minutes of sun. (Use sunscreen if appropriate.)
  • Do something that will give you a good laugh.
  • Take a quick nap. A few dozen minutes can reduce your sleep debt and freshen you up.
Self-Care Ideas For The Mind
  • Document the great things people say about you to read later.
  • Finish something that’s been on your to-do list for ages.
  • Change the way you make decisions. 
  • Mix up your routine in small ways to create new neural pathways in the brain and keep it healthy.
  • Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot.
  • Schedule in five minutes of “play” several times throughout your day.
  • Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it, in the same way, each day.
  • Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you.
  • Do mini-meditations with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just a little.

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Journaling as therapy

Labeling emotions and acknowledging traumatic events, both natural outcomes of journaling, have a known positive effect on people, and are often incorporated into traditional talk therapy.

Morning Pages

3 pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-conscious, done as soon as one wakes.

They are not meant to be art. Or even writing. They need not be smart, or funny, or particularly deep. It's a form of “brain drain”, a way to expel all that angry, petty stuff that spirals through our subconscious and muddies our days.

Benefits of Journaling
  • Boost in mindfulness
  • Better memory
  • Better communication skills
  • Improves mental health
  • Better sleep
  • A stronger immune system
  • More self-confidence
  • Higher I.Q.
Sleep

Being well-rested is essential to health. You'll have more energy, more patience, and less anxiety if you accumulate eight hours of quality sleep in a day.

To ensure you sleep well,...

Hydration

Staying hydrated helps keep the skin clear, your mood balanced, and helps both digestion and your immune system.

Try to keep a water bottle on you at all times so you have the constant reminder to drink throughout the day.

Exercise

Keeping up with your physical health reduces stress and releases endorphins (the chemicals that make you happy).

Exercise is also defined as any form of physical activity. So dancing in the apartment, walking around campus, or hitting the gym could all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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