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Flavors of Self-Care

I've already talked at length about the importance of making time for self-care to the collective benefit of ourselves, the teams we lead, and the people we serve. Today, I want to talk about the different varieties of self-care.

Many of us are familiar with what I'll call Passive Self-Care, the variety where you find yourself eating junk food and curled up in front of the television. This variety is the much-maligned target of people who would like to suggest that self-care is basically laziness. Another form of self-care is what I'll call Active Self-Care, which involvesspending your available energy and time on improving your daily life in ways with fairly obvious benefits. Some examples of this latter variety include exercise, cleaning, redecorating, or serving others.

I've heard many proponents of self-care claim that what they really mean is what I'm calling Active Self-Care,but I'd like to argue that there will often be times where the best thing for our…
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