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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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The "Self" in Self Care

Lauren

In preparation for Self Care Solitaire's upcoming deck, which revolves mainly around symbolism, I have been doing a lot of research on archetypal images. In his theory of the human psyche, psychologist Carl Jung establishes the clinical view of archetypes as universal themes that make up different motifs residing within each person's subconscious. He describes the Self as an archetype that is the result of unification of consciousness and unconsciousness. The Self, according to Jung, develops after the integration and acceptance of all other aspects of our personality, and allows us to feel connected not only with ourselves, but with all existence. 

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Thanks a Million

Lauren

This month's theme is gratitude, and I have to say that I feel very thankful for the things that I have learned while researching this topic. I feel grateful for the ability to feel grateful, knowing what an impact being intentional about this can have on a person's life. Not only does practicing gratitude benefit the people around us (who doesn't enjoy hearing a heartfelt "thank you"?), but it is hugely influential to our own happiness as well; gratitude functions like a natural anti depressant. 

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Shape Shifting

Lauren

Knowing who we are is so important to self care. How can we take care of ourselves if we don’t know what energizes us, what calms us, what excites us? But sometimes it’s hard to know who we are if “who we are” is in a state of flux. We are always changing. And maybe giving ourselves this permission to change, to experiment with our identities, can be self care in and of itself

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In Real Life: Gina

Lauren

I have been looking forward to this post all month, because it features an interview with one of my sweetest friends, Gina Gaetz. I met Gina in college and we immediately bonded over our mutual obsession with the tv show LOST. Watching LOST weekly, with a vegan chocolate chip cookies in hand, was the first self care ritual we shared. From there, we joined each other in various other self care routines (starting an art club, working out together, etc.)  

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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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Top Ten: Habits for Self Care

Lauren

To close out this month's series on self care Ton Ten lists, I have researched and assembled a list of the Top Ten Habits for Self Care. These are daily activities that are essential for not only surviving, but thriving. They go beyond the basics of what we need to live and touch on what we need to live well. Take a look at the list below and let me know what you think in the comments! 

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Alone At Last

Lauren

Spending time alone feels easy for some of us, but for others it is a skill that doesn’t come naturally. Oftentimes this trait correlates with where an individual’s personality falls on the introversion/extroversion scale. However, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you may find that being intentional about how you spend your alone time enhances and enriches your experience of yourself.

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