I’m often asked why I write books about mental health. My recent books--The Castle School (for Troubled Girls), What Kind of Girl, and A Danger to Herself and Others—touch on different aspects of mental heath including grief, eating disorders, self-harm, and anxiety. I think we write about the things that are important to us, and mental health and self-care are topics that are important to me—ones about which there is always more to learn and more stories to tell.
People talk a lot about self-care as a tool to help manage our mental health. But of course, self-care can mean so many different things—from asking for help, to seeing a therapist, to carving out fifteen minutes for your skin-care ritual each night. I’m definitely not an expert on the subject—there are countless therapists and teachers and counselors who know much more about this sort of thing than I—but here are a few of my personal favorite ways to practice self-care.
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