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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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Let's Hygge

Lauren

You may have already heard of the Danish concept of hygge, (proncounced "Hoo-gah") about which more than 20 books were published just this year. This word, which doesn't have a direct English translation, but essentially refers to a feeling of coziness and content, has become extremely popular recently. 2016 was a rough year for many of us, so it's not hard to see why the pain and struggle of the past 12 months would prompt an increase in desire to focus on caring for ourselves, helping ourselves (and our loved ones) feel comforted. 

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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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Beautifully Broken

Lauren

Lately, I have been very interested in Japanese culture. For about a year, I’ve been flying through Haruki Murakami novels, devouring Japanese films, eating more sushi, and soaking up Japanese philosophies through books and websites. The Japanese values of simplicity, impermanence, and authenticity are ones I find intriguing. One Japanese philosophy of particular interest to me is that of wabi-sabi. Incomplete or imperfect beauty is the key to wabi-sabi. Evidence of this worldview are often seen in pottery, flower arrangements, and gardens, which are appreciated for their roughness or asymmetry. 

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