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The act of engaging in activities or behaviors that help one achieve or maintain good physical or mental health, especially to mitigate the effects of stress or trauma: "Self-care is not only an act of kindness toward yourself, it's also a necessary component of life now. We're constantly being bombarded with negative images and narratives" (Dom Jones). "It's important to make time for self-care, and you might be surprised by how much better you'll feel, both physically and emotionally, if you invest in improving your mental health" (Linsha Qi).
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