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Hi there! :D 

I am a strong believer in self-care. If you do not know what self-care is, it is basically prioritizing time to nurture, love, and take care of yourself. I am a person with depression and other illnesses so self-care is important for me and is a form of self-preservation. Personally, I like making tea, journaling, taking nice baths, yoga, getting my nails done, binge-watching a show, :p cooking something yummy and healthy,  and many others! How do you practice self-care? I would love to know!

 

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Hi, I've never really tried self-care but I also have depression so I am really curious, does it help? Would yoo recommend I try it? *glitter*  

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Hello! Practicing self-care is great. It is not going to cure depression or something but it can help. When you are depressed, typically, you are unmotivated or not taking care of yourself. Therefore, dedicating time to love yourself and do something that is good for you or that you enjoy can help you. Self-care is listening to your body. Sometimes when we are overworked or our minds are in a funk we get urges to watch tv, walk a pet etc and that's your mind telling you that you need a break. Self-care is listening to those urges and allowing yourself to take that break. 

 

Yes, I do recommend you practice self-care. It is great for your mental health! You deserve to have some good ole' me time. 

 

Anyway, I'm sorry for babbling! :blush: If you do decide to practice self-care I would love to know what you will do or if you have any questions just ask :)  

Hi, I've never really tried self-care but I also have depression so I am really curious, does it help? Would yoo recommend I try it? *glitter*  

 

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Hi, thanks I think I will try it, I have no clue yet what I will do for it as I never have done it so I might do research or do you have any recommendations that may be a good place to start?

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Guest ~*~Sachita~*~

Spooky has created a master post in the Resources area called Self-Care Master Post, which has a lot of great ideas. 

 

A quick internet search will return a lot of lifestyle blogs with self-care ideas, either for yourself, with a partner, or with children.  One of my favorites is this one from teaspoonliving.com:

 

50 Self-Care Ideas {that cost little to no money}

  1. Read a book.
  2. Take a bath – add in bubbles, your favorite scents, or Epsom salts.
  3. Listen to a podcast.
  4. Make homemade birthday cards.
  5. Write in your journal.
  6. Plant an herb garden.
  7. Plan a fun night out for the weekend.
  8. Make a vision board of your goals and dreams for the year.
  9. Try out adult coloring.
  10. Make a recipe binder of your top 50 go-to recipes.
  11. Learn how to tap cups to make music {Pitch Perfect style}.
  12. Paint! By numbers, on paper, at a wine/art event…
  13. Plan your next Halloween costume {and make it epic}.
  14. Start that photo album you’ve been meaning to make for years.
  15. Update your picture frames with current pictures.
  16. Handwrite a card and send to a friend, just because.
  17. Practice posing for a camera in front of a mirror (sounds vain, but after reading this post, it makes sense!).
  18. Volunteer at a pet shelter and play with animals.
  19. Borrow a friends dog for the day.
  20. Learn the lyrics to a classic rap song and impress your friends next time it comes on.
  21. Redesign or rearrange a room in your home.
  22. Spend a whole day walking taller than normal and see the difference in your day.
  23. Watch an inspirational TED talk (this one is great and goes with #22).
  24. Give yourself a luxurious at-home pedicure, foot bath and all.
  25. Make a homemade face mask and treat yourself to a facial.
  26. Go to the library, borrow travel books, and start planning your next vacation.
  27. Borrow one or two cookbooks while you are there and make a new dish.
  28. Borrow a fitness dvd while you are there and try a new workout.
  29. Meditate (there are free apps like headspace to get you started).
  30. Go to Meetup and find one free activity in your area that you’d like to try this week.
  31. Make a list of all your favorite things about yourself.
  32. Make something from scratch that you normally buy…like pasta, popcorn, dumplings, pizza, pickles, a fancy dessert…
  33. Make a playlist of all the songs that make you feel better on a bad day.
  34. Ask a loved one for a hug.
  35. Pick your favorite relaxing yoga pose and spend 5 minutes in it.
  36. Bike somewhere that you would normally drive to.
  37. Take a walk around town with the sole purpose of window shopping .
  38. Pick up beautiful leaves from the ground in fall, or pick a few wild flowers in spring and use them as decor around your house.
  39. Light your favorite candle.
  40. Take yourself out to eat solo.
  41. Make a list a five things you are grateful for today.
  42. Practice a new hairstyle for the next time you are headed out.
  43. Time yourself for one hour, and do everything on your to-do list that you have been pushing off (hemming pants, changing the light bulb, cleaning the kitchen).
  44. Try out a new essential oil.
  45. Find five new inspiring social media accounts to follow and unfollow five accounts that are no longer serving you.
  46. Turn on your favorite dance song, full blast, and bust a move like no one is watching, because literally no one will be watching!
  47. Learn how to tie a scarf in at least five different ways (thanks youtube!).
  48. Research charities that you might want to donate to or volunteer with this year.
  49. Go through your closet and create new outfits from what you already have. Take pictures so you remember them when the time comes!
  50. Call someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with.
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Thanks for all the self care ideas! Honestly self care has been something i've been neglecting lately, so i'm going to try some of these.
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