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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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Self Love Club

Lauren

Originally published by Gary Chapman in 1995, The 5 Love Languages began as a tool for helping romantic partners discover the unique ways in which they each communicate and receive messages of love. The theory behind the book, was that each person expresses and receives love through one or more of the following five methods: words of affirmation, acts of service, gift giving, quality time, and physical touch. The purpose of this exercise is to increase awareness of both self and partner in a way that allows each to more effectively and intentionally give and receive love. Since then, there have been several more editions published for utilizing the 5 love languages in a variety of other ways, including using love languages with children and in the workplace. In this blog post, I'll explore what it might look like to utilize the love languages to communicate self love. 

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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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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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Witch's Brew

Lauren

When I think of my childhood, I think of magic. I have always been fascinated with the idea that people can be powerful, that human beings can develop abilities that allow them to do the impossible. When I was a kid, this meant I devoured Harry Potter, played with glittery wands, and adored Halloween. As an adult, I think this same interest in human power and transformation is what led me to a career in therapy, and a specialization in self care. 

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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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Comfort Food

Lauren

In addition to lifestyle habits, which I discussed in last week's blog post, Ayurvedic wisdom about diet can also be useful in informing our self care routines. Talking about food can sometimes bring up uncomfortable or painful emotions for people, so I want to make it clear that this post will not demonize or judge any type of food as "bad". Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to survive. It means sometimes overeating and sometimes not eating enough, but mostly eating an amount that feels comfortable to you. In terms of comfort, Ayurvedic wisdom tells us that, depending on your dosha, certain types of food are capable of providing more comfort than others. 

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Our Bodies, Ourselves

Lauren

Ayurveda is an ancient system of mind/body healing that has been used in India and neighboring countries for thousands of years. The word Ayurveda is sanskrit, and translates to "the wisdom of life." Today, Ayurvedic medicine continues to be used as a way for people to become self actualized; it allows us to strike a healthy balance and integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. 

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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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