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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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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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Eye of the Tiger

Lauren

To continue this month's discussion of New Year's resolutions, I wanted to address the issue of motivation. Sometimes, when we've been working hard on something, we become so tired that we feel like giving up. It can be hard to remain resolute, ("purposeful, determined, and unwavering") but if we prepare emotionally for the difficulty of working to achieve our goals, and plan appropriate self care ahead of time, this will increase our chances of being successful.

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Resolute

Lauren

It's December already! As the end of the year approaches, some of us may be contemplating resolutions; evaluating the goals we had for ourselves this past year, coming up with new goals for the year ahead. As we think about our New Year's resolutions, I want us to remind ourselves of the definition of "resolute," the root of resolution, which is, "to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering." 

These are strong words! If we are going to pay "purposeful, determined, and unwavering" attention to something, it seems to me that the thing we are striving for should be incredibly meaningful.

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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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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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Saying Goodbye

Lauren

As I begin to notice the first signs of cool breezes and chilly mornings, I am thinking about transitions. I love autumn, but it is always hard for me to say goodbye to summer. The shift into fall weather is a bittersweet one, as many transitions are; whether we are dealing with a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or even an overall positive feeling transition such as a shift in weather, a move, or a promotion, change can be a struggle. Caring for ourselves with kindness and compassion becomes even more important when we are going through an adjustment. 

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Jung at Heart

Lauren

If we look through history, we find that symbolism is something that has always been important to the human experience. It is natural for us to distill complex ideas and meanings into images; in some cases this makes our messages easier to communicate to others. It may also solidify our values so that we ourselves have an easier time connecting with the represented idea.

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Be Your Own Valentine

Lauren

It’s February and you’ve probably started to notice hearts and doilies popping up all over. Stores are marketing gifts to give your valentine and we’re all being encouraged to invest time and money into the people we care about. This is fine. I’m not a Valentine’s Day hater, but it does seem strange to me that this holiday always passes without any mention of what I believe to be the most important kind of love: self love.

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