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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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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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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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Season of the Witch

Lauren

This month's playlist is my attempt to capture the essence of Halloween. For me, this time of year is multifaceted: it's about fear and monsters, but it's also about acknowledging and accepting our shadows, exploring and integrating aspects from other identities. It's about embracing ourselves as magical beings, which we are - down to our stardust skeletons. Give these songs a listen and let me know what you think in the comments. Any other suggestions for Halloween related tunes? 

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Farewell to Bad Habits

Lauren

Most of us have bad habits; we bite our nails, spend too much time scrolling through Facebook, we snack on junk food even when we're not hungry, or we may regularly drink too much or use drugs in excess. In moderation, these things are not necessarily unhealthy, but they become "bad" habits when we overuse them. 

It's important to remember that having "bad" habits does not make us bad. It makes us human

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Since U Been Gone

Lauren

Sometimes self care means cutting ties with a person who was, at one point, very important to us. The end of a relationship can be an incredibly painful thing to cope with, even if we know it is ultimately going to be the right thing for us. However, it can also be freeing. In addition to the sadness and grief that come very naturally when disengaging from another person, we can sometimes manage to connect with a sense of excitement and independence. 

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Me, Myself, and I

Lauren

Loneliness is hard. We’ve all experienced the depressing, isolating feeling that comes from believing that we have no connections to other people, despite our desire for them. The important thing to remember here is that feelings are not facts. Sometimes we mayfeel disconnected during a day spent alone, but this doesn’t mean we actually are. Especially since we always have the option of connecting with ourselves. We can use our relationship with ourselves, as well as our relationship with the world around us, to fight against loneliness. Throughout this month, I’ll be exploring and sharing ways to enjoy being alone, starting with the suggestions listed below:

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