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Self-Care: Unusual Ways to Improve Your Self-Care

It should be turned off.

There is generally an on/off switch for the news, your phone, and any other noise that is affecting your mental health. You have a decision to make. You have the option to turn it off. Rather of waiting until you've had enough, set aside time during your day and week to unplug. Tune out in order to tune in.

Give up your entitlement to be correct.

"Give up being right around people who are committed to making you wrong," Amanda White, LPC advises. It's one thing to have a healthy conversation with someone even if you don't agree with them, but it's time to move on when you're defending your point for no reason.

Take a step back.

You aren't meant for everything. Even the best item isn't for you. You should limit what you let in. If it isn't meant for you, walk away from everything from email and social media to opportunities and opinions. In most cases, no further explanation or answer is required. P.S. When you move away from the things that aren't meant for you, you're moving closer to what is.

Stop consuming alcohol.

You'd think drinking was a kind of self-care with the "rosé all day" buzz and "mommy juice" memes. It's typically marketed as a method to unwind after a long day, and for a long time, I believed it did, but after quitting drinking for 100 days, I found it just added anxiety to my life. Now that it's been over two years since I last had a drink (or a hangover), I've realized that not drinking is an unusual method for me to take better care of myself.

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