Self-Care Summer: Ideas for Recharging in Colorado Springs |

The phrase has been co-opted by hashtags, stickers, pastel Instagram blocks and t-shirts sold in big box stores.

References to self-care are everywhere, so much so that the concept of wellness has been reduced to a catchy term for drinking wine or binging Netflix.

Self-care is rooted in true self-improvement. It’s defined as “taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical and mental health,” the Colorado Mental Wellness Network states on its website.

“Self-care has an extremely broad definition: but really, it just means taking the time to prioritize your own well-being, whatever that may look like to you,” he continues. “Even broadly defined, there’s one thing about self-care that’s clear: whatever makes you feel better and healthier on a day-to-day basis matters.”

Susanna Winters offered another definition in a TedX talk titled “Self Care: What It Really Is.”

“It’s about deliberately taking care of your well-being through restorative activity,” she said.

And Maddie Lukens, a therapist with Colorado-based Lime Tree Counseling, wrote that self-care is “actions and attitudes that contribute to the maintenance of personal well-being and health.”

Self-care can look like many different things. It may feel like sleeping or stretching or hiking or hanging out with friends. The thing is, you know what can help you.

Here are some ideas, some borrowed from Luken.

• Visit to the Sunwater Spa in Manitou Springs.

• Hang in a hammock. Try one made locally by Colorado Hammock.

• Relax with a locally made candle. Try one created by Pothead Planters or Light Provisions.

• Take a guided nature walk in the Garden of the Gods.

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