Self-care isn’t a list of activities. Take a bubble bath. Take a walk. Take a dance class. Practice yoga. Get a manicure. Get a massage. Meditate. Listen to music. Light candles. Sleep in. It’s not that these activities are insignificant. Rather, self-care is most meaningful when it’s connected to your values. In fact, that’s how clinical psychologist Erin Olivo, Ph.D, MPH, defines self-care: “living your life according to your values.” Self-care is most meaningful when it’s connected to what’s personally helpful to you, she said. This is why Olivo suggests identifying your values and stopping every once in a while to make sure you’re in alignment with them. For instance, what are your values around health? What does it mean to you to live a healthy life? What are your values around relationships and healthy connections? What are your values around career and work? Self-care can be taking care of your medical needs and prioritizing prevention, such as scheduling a mammogram. For
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