13 Self-Care Rituals That Actually Work For People

photographed by Brayden Olson; modeled by Emily Cross.
These days, self-care has become almost synonymous with bath bombs, retail therapy, and colouring books — and while those are great ways to look after yourself (no one's knocking a good bath), they don't encapsulate what it means to take care of yourself.
For some people, self-care is about getting through a to-do list, or finally doing laundry, or actually texting a friend back. The ways we define self-care are vast and myriad, and change throughout our lives. They don't always involve money, but the one thing that remains constant is how important it is to take time to focus on your mental and emotional health.
Ahead, 13 people share the no-frills rituals they use to practice self-care.

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