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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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Token Deck

Lauren

Announcement: The Token Deck is now available for pre sale! 

Talismans and amulets abound in this mystical, tarot sized deck. For those seeking meaning, the Token Deck and guidebook provide an encyclopedia of protective and inspirational symbols, giving the user access to ancient cross-cultural folk wisdom. My hope is that, through using this deck, you will absorb and internalize a sense of power and ease in yourself, knowing that you exist both in this world and as a part of this world. This deck and its accompanying guidebook feature original art in a minimalist style and therapeutic insights steeped in mysticism. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Animal Medicine

Lauren

Since I was a teenager, I have felt a special connection with deer. During a difficult time in my life I found myself looking for clues that all would be well again, that things would turn out ok. I came to find that this message of health and gentleness was, for me, symbolized by deer. I doodled, sketched, painted, and wrote about deer for years, in an attempt to understand and internalize their message of hope. Eventually I got a tattoo - an image of a sleeping fawn - in order to carry this symbolism with me wherever I go. My tattoo, which I refer to as "my friend," has truly been helpful to me over the nearly five years since I got it. It is my animal medicine. 

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