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How Can I Actually Practice Self-Care?

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How Can I Actually Practice Self-Care?

by Megan Kovach, LCMHC-A, NCC Do you ever get tired of hearing the word or phrase, “self-care?” What does it mean? Many of us feel like we are already doing the best we can to take care of ourselves and some of us wonder what self-care is actually supposed to look like. Have you ever thought, “I am so sick...[ read more ]

Navigating Eco-Anxiety

by Liz Warren, Stillpoint Admin Earth Day is this week on Friday, April 22nd. This is a day to celebrate Earth and its beauty as our home, but this year I feel much less inclined to “celebrate”. Mainly because there is a lot of negativity and uncertainty surrounding climate change and the future of our planet and people. With that...[ read more ]

Is This Really Burnout?!

by Amanda Smith LCSW I remember the first time I heard the word "Burn-out." It was this eye-opening and almost magical "aha" moment when I realized that I needed to make a big life change. I needed that word. It perfectly described my ailment and helped me realize that I was, indeed, burnt out. Sometimes words are like that. Sometimes...[ read more ]

Love Taps: Using Touch for Self-Care in a Touch Deprived World

by:  Beth Lewis, Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor Touch is one of the most basic and important forms of communication in our everyday lives.  The benefits and importance of touch (or haptic communication) are often underestimated. While reading The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy, I was fascinated to learn that in the developing fetus “the skin and the nervous system...[ read more ]

Top 5 Fave Self-Care Posts

by Amanda Smith, LCSW There are so many fantastic resources for self-care out there today. But combing through it all can sometimes be overwhelming. Sometimes, when I'm scouring the internet for these types of resources, I feel like I'm in self-care overload mode. Quite honestly, it can get a little exhausting. So to save you lots of time, energy, and...[ read more ]

Finding Harmony Through Mindfulness: Conscious Consonance

by Spencer Lee, MSW Intern  A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a meeting that was kicked off with a mindfulness exercise. The leader of the exercise told us to notice our bodies. So, naturally, I did just that. I noticed that my back was really sore, and there was a lot of pressure. I tried my best to not...[ read more ]

Overthinking Self-Care

by Amanda Smith, LCSW Self-care isn't as complicated as we make it out to be. I can't tell you how often I hear people express legit anxiety about not feeling like they practice enough self-care. The thing we do to help alleviate anxiety somehow becomes the thing that stresses us the most. It's pretty counterproductive if you think about it....[ read more ]

The Power of Ten

by Mercedes McLaughlin, CMSW, LCSW “Ten more steps, just ten more steps… Five breathe in, four, three breathe out, two, one now exhale. Ok just ten more steps again, you can do anything with the power of ten.”  These thoughts rang clear and loud in my head as I ascended my first strenuous hike in over a decade. Flash backward...[ read more ]

Self-Care for the Creative Soul

by Amanda Smith, LCSW When it comes to self-care, knowing ourselves is the key. We are all uniquely designed with various values, interests, habits, and hobbies. So it makes sense that not all types of self-care work for everyone. For those of us who are creatives, there are many opportunities to find self-care in the things we already love and...[ read more ]

17 Free Ideas for Self-Care

by Amanda Smith, LCSW What I find most annoying about the idea of "self-care" is that it has to be expensive. There is way too much noise out there telling us that taking care of ourselves means spending a lot of money on a lot of stuff. Sure, it's healthy to treat yourself every once and a while, but there...[ read more ]