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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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Where to Start

Lauren

It's good so set lofty self care goals for ourselves, and have expectations that feel important. When it comes to New Year's resolutions, deciding to work on things like increasing self love, feeling happier, or living a calmer life are healthy aims. However, they are also so general that they may cause us to feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin. When clients come in with these types of goals, I find it important to help them break them down into smaller, measurable objectives. 

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In Real Life: Claire

Lauren

Happy Halloween! Because the 5th Monday of this month falls on a holiday that celebrates identity exploration, I thought it would be interesting to do an interview centered around this theme. My wonderful sister, Claire, was brave enough to do a sort of self care challenge that required her to take on the identities of others to explore different ways of caring for herself. I asked her to choose 3 characters who have styles, attitudes, or self care routines that are very different from her own. Check out her incredibly honest and thoughtful interview below. 

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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: Apps for Self Care

Lauren

Lately, in both my clinical practice and in my personal life, I have noticed myself making and giving lots of lists of self care suggestions. For example, a couple weeks ago, I jotted down a list of 3 or 4 books on mindfulness, self esteem, and organization for a client struggling with anxiety and depression to check out of the library. Also, I recently texted a list of several healthy daily self care habits to a friend going through a breakup. When we need support from ourselves, it is important to have a list of several ways in which we can practice self care. Relying on one habit, one book, one activity is a mistake because we are dynamic creatures; our moods and needs change several times a day. Upon the suggestion of a family member, I have decided that this month's blog series will explore the idea of "Top Ten" lists. In the spirit of list making, I will be sharing weekly lists of self care resources that I recommend.

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"Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

Lauren

Travel came up right away in my very first session with Raquel. In between stories chronicling her years long struggle with anxiety, she shared that she had always wanted to live on the West Coast, and dreamed of moving to Oregon someday. She connected part of her anxiety to a fear that this dream would never come true for her.

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(Im)perfectionism

Lauren

I would say that 90% of the people that I see for therapy report feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed as their main reason for seeking treatment. Many times, these feelings develop because my clients have very high expectations for themselves, impossibly high in fact; they expect themselves to be perfect. Because none of us are perfect (and how boring would it be if we were?!) they never meet their goals for perfection, leaving them feeling like failures.

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