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Self-care doesn’t have to cost you a dang thing

Forget the retail therapy. It’s time for some real talk.
people doing yoga

Like a bridge over troubled health.

If it seems like everyone and their mother is espousing the value of self-care these days, it's probably because they are.

A search for #selfcare on Instagram returns more than 5 million results, most of which perpetuate the impression that wellness is a woman’s activity; posts ranging from product recommendations for essential oils to floral images embossed with advice like, “Don’t skimp on sleep.” TechCrunch reports that the between the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. And Google searches—that all-important metric of buzz-worthiness—show a near in the past few years.

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