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“Self-Care” has become a buzzword in current times, but what exactly does it mean? When you picture someone indulging in self-care, you might imagine them taking a soothing bath at the end of a long day, buying themselves a treat, or pampering themselves in some way. But is that what self-care really is, or is there something more to it ー and is it something that we “indulge” in (implying that it’s desired and pleasurable yet unnecessary), or is it actually something that we should engage in regularly as an indispensable part of our individual and collective well-being? In understanding what self-care truly is, we must dispel the misconceptions about what it isn't. Self-care isn't about being selfish: it's about taking responsibility for one's own well-being, by exercising behaviors that actively help to manage the healthy state of the mind, body, and soul. This can be through physical practices like exercise and good food choices, getting quality sleep, and staying on top of dental care. Or it can be practiced mentally and emotionally, by understanding and respecting our own needs, setting boundaries that ensure these needs can be met, and paying attention to the way we think, act and feel, so that we can take more control in showing up in the world more authentically. Doing so doesn't only help boost your own happiness, but it affects that of others too ー in your own community, as well as our global society.

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The Importance of Self-Care Rituals

You have probably heard of self-care before. It would be hard not to, considering it has become a real buzzword in the world of well-being in the modern day. Recent reports on major and growing trends in the wellness industry have proclaimed self-care to be among its biggest hits, and something that is only set to boom further in a post-pandemic world

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One fundamental aspect of self-care is acknowledging the importance of making yourself a priority for yourself. But is self-care selfish? No, it’s not ー not if you understand that practicing good self-care habits can help positively affect the people around you, too. It means asking yourself "What is Self-Love? How can I learn to love and accept myself more for who I am?" so that you can learn how you need or want to be loved, so you can communicate that to others around you to feel more loved, and so you have a greater capacity to love others more wholly and sincerely as well. How can we learn to prioritize ourselves at work, and in our relationships (including romantic relationships, friendships, and familial relationships)? Is self-care solitary, or can it also be social? Why is it so important to build healthy habits and routines? How do healthy habits and self-care affect our mental health? How does self-care differ from self-love? How do we develop self-love, self-respect, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-acceptance? What is the importance of rituals in self-care? How do we know when we are practicing meaningful self-care rather than narcissistic self-care? It's worth taking time to delve into the answers, since authentic self-care is one of the most powerful ways we can grow.

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