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Caring Crate Blog — Self-Care

Ways for Chronic Illness Warriors to Stay Cool in the Summer

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/blogs/caring-crate-blog/ways-for-chronic-illness-warriors-to-stay-cool-in-the-summer Those who are living with chronic illnesses know just what an impact the weather can have on how you feel.  While the warmer weather might be beneficial for those dealing with inflammation-related issues like arthritis, having a chronic illness in general can make you more sensitive to extreme heat (not to mention thanks to the medication that you might be taking).  Certain chronic illnesses such as POTS can also cause heat intolerance, meaning that heat can make symptoms worse.  If you're feeling especially uncomfortable, these tips can help to make the next heat wave a little more manageable.

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The Ultimate List of Colouring Books for Grown-Ups

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/blogs/caring-crate-blog/ultimate-colouring-books-for-grown-ups There are so many great reasons to get lost in a colouring book: from relieving stress, to channeling your inner creative, to being a mindful activity.  No matter what mood you might be in, we've rounded up possibly any coloring book you could hope for including fantasy, nature and animals, stress relief, inspirational, and just plain fun.

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8 Ways to Make Your Shower a Self-Care Experience

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/blogs/caring-crate-blog/ways-to-make-your-shower-a-self-care-experience Although you might be a little more likely to think of a soak in a bath as self-care, you can certainly up-level your shower time to make it an experience of self-care, working to relax your mind and nourish your skin.

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How to Do a Digital Detox

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While technology is awesome for so many things, from connecting with others and creating community, to learning new things, to providing a sometimes much-needed distraction, spending too much time on your phone or computer can lead to muscle pain in your neck, shoulders, and back, increased anxiety and feelings of isolation, headaches, trouble sleeping, and difficulty with remaining focused.  If you're starting to feel like you're always attached to your phone, feeling like you're not truly present in offline life, or find that social media is leading to feelings of comparison that are making your feeling less-than-great about yourself rather than supporting you, it might be time to think about taking some time to intentionally unplug.  Here are some tips to help you do a digital detox in a way that is manageable and sustainable, to help you get back into balance with your use of technology.

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Best Podcasts for Sleep

Posted by Janelle Martel on

/blogs/caring-crate-blog/best-podcasts-for-sleep We love how easy podcasts are to listen to, and think they're a great way to add a little extra self-care to whatever you're doing.  While we've previously put together our favourite podcasts for self-carechronic illness, and mental health, podcasts can also be used to help soothe you into slumber.  These podcasts are specially designed to help your mind wander and relax, so that you're able to fall asleep more easily.  If you're someone who deals with insomnia regularly, they can also help provide you with a bit of comfort and company on difficult nights.

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