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Self Care Solitaire blog featuring self care suggestions, clinical examples, product recommendations and playlists to help readers identify healthy routines and habits they can incorporate into their own lives

 

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Free Therapeutic Resources

Lauren

Here's a quick list of some of the best *free* therapy resources I've been recommending to clients this week. Whether you're interested in enriching your self care routine, learning more about mental health, or simply spending 30 minutes on something fun, the links in this list will help!

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Token Deck

Lauren

Announcement: The Token Deck is now available for pre sale! 

Talismans and amulets abound in this mystical, tarot sized deck. For those seeking meaning, the Token Deck and guidebook provide an encyclopedia of protective and inspirational symbols, giving the user access to ancient cross-cultural folk wisdom. My hope is that, through using this deck, you will absorb and internalize a sense of power and ease in yourself, knowing that you exist both in this world and as a part of this world. This deck and its accompanying guidebook feature original art in a minimalist style and therapeutic insights steeped in mysticism. 

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Post Holiday Self Care Wish List

Lauren

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah! For some, the holiday season truly does feel like a joyful time. But for others, the expectation of merriment and connection that comes along with this time of year can highlight mental health issues in a way that exacerbates feelings of unhappiness. If you are one of these people, know that you are not alone. Try to be gentle with yourself, release yourself from unrealistic expectations of perfection, and take things slow. You will get through this. 

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Give Thanks

Lauren

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this week seemed like a good time to discuss methods to help increase feelings of thankfulness. In my last blog post, I talked about the personal benefits of gratitude, but how exactly can we choose to feel thankful? Especially when recent events make it difficult to see the positive, how can we foster an attitude of gratitude? The answer is intention. 

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Witch's Brew

Lauren

When I think of my childhood, I think of magic. I have always been fascinated with the idea that people can be powerful, that human beings can develop abilities that allow them to do the impossible. When I was a kid, this meant I devoured Harry Potter, played with glittery wands, and adored Halloween. As an adult, I think this same interest in human power and transformation is what led me to a career in therapy, and a specialization in self care. 

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Calling it Quits

Lauren

This month, as we focus on relying on self care through big transitions, it feels important to acknowledge that making these major changes can sometimes be a form of self care in and of itself. This is not to say that the decision to shake up our lives is an easy one; even if it is unquestionably the right move for us, change can still be painful. So the question I hope to tackle then is twofold; First, how can we know that making a change is going to be in our best interest? And second, how can we best care for ourselves throughout these upheavals? 

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Animal Medicine

Lauren

Since I was a teenager, I have felt a special connection with deer. During a difficult time in my life I found myself looking for clues that all would be well again, that things would turn out ok. I came to find that this message of health and gentleness was, for me, symbolized by deer. I doodled, sketched, painted, and wrote about deer for years, in an attempt to understand and internalize their message of hope. Eventually I got a tattoo - an image of a sleeping fawn - in order to carry this symbolism with me wherever I go. My tattoo, which I refer to as "my friend," has truly been helpful to me over the nearly five years since I got it. It is my animal medicine. 

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A Balancing Act

Lauren

For the next three weeks, I'll be sharing posts related to Ayurvedic medicine and making specific suggestions based on the three different energies, or "doshas" identified by this tradition. If you missed last week's blog post, which provided an introduction to Ayurvedic medicine and a link to the doshas quiz, find it here

The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to help people understand and balance their energies. Imbalances often come from problems in one of three areas: lifestyle, diet, and movement. I'll explore diet and movement in the upcoming weeks, but for now let's focus on lifestyle. Lifestyle factors that contribute to imbalanced energies are different depending on the type of energy that tends to be dominant in you. 

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Top Ten: Websites for Self Care

Lauren

The internet can be a scary place. We've all seen the impact that online bullying, negativity, and trolling can have on people, but if we choose to seek out sites where positivity is the goal, the world wide web feels a lot more comfortable. Through conversations with coworkers, friends, and family, in addition to lots of internet surfing and research, I have compiled the following list of the Top Ten Websites for Self Care. Check out the links below and let me know what you think in the comments! 

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