Redefining Self Care: Looking Beyond Trips And Spa Days

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It seems like self-care is the new buzzword these days and every time you turn around someone is talking about the importance of it. However, it also seems that the core issue gets lost in talks of weekend getaways and spa services.

While those things are nice, if the only things you do to care for yourself are these random activities, you may not experience lasting benefits. This is especially true if you are only able to do these things occasionally. If financial limitations keep you from enjoying these types of outings altogether, you may experience even more stress and risk of burnout.

In my opinion, the truest form of self-care comes with redefining the boundaries that exist between you and the world you interact with. Boundaries are the limits that you set on what you will accept of another person’s words or behavior. That person could be in your personal life or professional life.

If you are constantly allowing others to cross lines that you don’t necessarily want crossed, it leaves a nagging sense of being burdened which adds to your stress levels. And let’s face it, no amount of

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