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6 Self-Care Tips for the Holidays

Photo credit: Sweta Meininger on Unsplash The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year for some. For others, it triggers stress and depression due to financial strain, too much pressure, unrealistic expectations, and loneliness.The “Holiday Blues” are real. 24% of people with mental health illness found the holidays made their symptoms “a lot worse.” 40% of people with mental health illness found the holidays made their symptoms “somewhat worse”. As you’re in the midst of the holiday season, don’t forget to stop and take a moment for yourself. In the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, spreading cheer with family and friends, you still need to maintain your self-care. You, too, need to nurture yourself for your...

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Are You Sabotaging Your Self-Care? Here's My Cautionary Tale

  Photo credit: Jakob Owens   This may sound like an asinine question and completely counterintuitive to the practice of self-care, but it’s a real truth that’s pervasive with today’s self-care practices. As you know from my posts, I’m very active. I enjoy weightlifting and as of last year, I began running. Those are my self-care activities. I realized firsthand that my self-care outlook had gone amiss. When I was really busy with work, other responsibilities and didn’t have time for working out, I became agitated with myself. I was annoyed by not accomplishing my self-care goals for that day. The less time I had to dedicate to self-care, the more my agitation grew. I felt stressed, anxious, and guilty....

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