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Why You Don't Need More Time for Self-Care

What Self-Care Means

Self-care essentially means tuning in to our true needs, and making them a priority, rather than neglecting them in favor of obligations or urgent (but not important) tasks.

The wellness industry trends managed to wrongly associate self-care with activities ranging from lighting a candle to luxurious spa days. But they don't reflect the meaning of true self-care.

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What Self-Care Means

Self-care essentially means tuning in to our true needs, and making them a priority, rather than neglecting them in favor of obligations or urgent (but not important) tasks.

The wellness industry trends managed to wrongly associate self-care with activities ranging from lighting a candle to luxurious spa days. But they don't reflect the meaning of true self-care.

How We Start Our Day

How we start our day is key to our daily lives.

Practicing gratitude, taking things light and easy, listening to soothing music, and cultivating a positive mindset is the start of self-care.

It's The Little Things

Little things like focusing on your breath, some moderate exercise, taking care of your posture, relaxing with your favorite TV show

are great ways to do some self-care that they don't require any extra time, like a spa therapy or a vacation.

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As a human being interacting with other human beings, we learn that how we show up in the world seems to matter. 

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