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Just Be You

"Your self-care doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s."

A powerful statement found in a Healthline article titled “For Many People with Anxiety, Self-Care Just Doesn’t Work.” If you have the time, I recommend checking this out as it is a great read (linked below). Otherwise, here is some insight we were able to take away from it.

  • For some people, especially those who deal with anxiety, having a “typical” self-care routine can do more harm then good. It’s important to realize that the self-care you see all over social media isn’t what works for everyone. And that's OKAY!

  • Reflect on these words from therapist Melinda Hayne: “People who live with anxiety typically cannot experience the simplicity or peace of ‘just self’ There are too many to-dos and what-ifs flooding the mind and body at any given moment. Taking a timeout from the busy pace of life only highlights this irregularity… hence, the guilt or low self-worth.”

  • Don’t pressure yourself to have any specific type of self-care. Even if it’s something you think you should do, it doesn’t mean it’s what you need. You shouldn’t have to work for it, instead make it work for you.

  • Remind yourself that your self-care is your business, no matter what form it comes in. Having trouble figuring out was self-care will do good instead of harm? Consider talking to a mental health professional who can set you on the right path.

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