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Our daily grind has become more taxing at the onset of the pandemic. The mental anguish of adjusting to the new normal – the work from home set-up, caring for all children as well as home-schooling them, looking after older family members and those with comorbidities, and keeping the virus at bay.

Self-care, as defined by Oxford, is the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for him- or herself. Self-care is a personal, conscious, and active decision of an individual. How you spend your day-to-day life and the way you treat your body and your surroundings impact your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Below are some self-care suggestions for you to take on according to your zodiac sign.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries are highly energetic. They are full of new ideas and cannot be restricted. The best self-care for Aries is exercise. Aries highly favors the outdoors. You love basking under the sun, with the cool breeze on your face, releasing pent-up energies out into the open. Aries seeks adrenaline-inducing activities such as biking, skating, and running. A more mellow activity but still full of movements is gardening. As mundane as it may seem, when feeling down or bothered, walking or stretching can bring you back to your bearing and better focus. Keep moving daily and you will be up to your thriving form.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus is pretty tenacious, especially when chasing after a goal or a dream. A go-getter personality; an aggressive, innovative person. Relaxation is the best self-care for Taurus. The more sensual the relaxation is, the better. A sensual relaxation is best heightened by a rich delicious meal, followed by a relaxing show or movie, or a full body massage and a soothing aromatherapeutic bath. Top it up with an evening walk in a beautiful, fragrant garden. Slow down and chill out. Enjoy the calmness and recharge. In no time, you will be back in your roaring mode.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

Multi-tasking is the name of the game for Geminis. Sitting still is impossible. The mind becomes restless and goes overboard because the body is not actively in sync with the mind. The best self-care for Geminis is a combination of active-passive relaxation like puzzle games.

Fitting puzzle pieces requires minimal movement but the mind is still at work. Another way for Geminis to relax is going on long drives, taking pictures, soaking in the scenery, and hanging out with friends of the same wavelengths and interests, either physically or digitally. Relaxation for Geminis is catching up with loved ones over the phone while taking a bath or doing the laundry. Still multitasking but lowkey, Geminis love fresh air, so open a window, sit on the porch or patio, and do some deep breathing exercise.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

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Amongst the 12 zodiac signs, Cancer is the domestic goddess. For them, cleaning is a form of relaxation and recharge. Creative projects are their ultimate pleasure. Creating a meal for loved ones to enjoy together warms their hearts. As a water sign, recouping is best done near or in bodies of water for the relaxing Cancer. They can wash off negative vibes and find focus by swimming in lakes, beaches, or pools.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

Leo has a daring and blazing character, so, self-care for Leo is not everyone’s cup of tea. Their perk-me-up activities are physically grueling and vigorous like bodybuilding, weightlifting, and marathon. They thrive for those heart-pumping, sweat-drenching, adrenaline-inducing activities that are mostly done outdoors under the scorching sun. Leo’s soul is rejuvenated when working on a challenging project. Leo’s self-care is all about challenges and being able to deliver.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo likes order and cleanliness. Their self-care is all about organizing, fixing, and tidying up. They clear their minds by clearing their surroundings. They sort their old stuff to donate, sell to a thrift shop or bring to the storage. They are at their best when boxing and labeling all items.

If still too highly strung, it is good for Virgo to take a walk among nature, be lost in the calmness of the surrounding trees where it’s less crowded and less noisy. Virgos are refreshed when communing with nature after a productive day of sorting and tidying up. Herbal treats and aromatherapy will add to that wonderful feeling of being revitalized.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

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Libras are the social goddess among the twelve signs. They love being surrounded by loved ones. They find joy in giving happiness to other people. The burden comes when trying too much in pleasing all the people. Being an air sign, your being is detoxified with fresh air.

Your me-time is best spent outdoors, where you can breathe out the pent-up energies and breathe in new positive vibes. You are in your element when surrounded by beautiful things. Sprucing up one’s self and home improves your mood. Shopping and decorating give you positive vibes. Fresh flowers or a new rug equates to a ray of sunshine in your mood and home. Since you love being with people, you may invite a friend for your shopping trips as a form of relaxation.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

A deep person, Scorpio are philosophers and highly emotional. Their best self-care is an emotional release. Their souls are soothed by therapeutic talks, arts, and drama. Being part of such or by simply watching the creative expression of other people will do wonders to Scorpions. As a water sign, Scorpions recuperate by walking by the beach or lake, swimming in the sea or pool. Sometimes, a simple candle-lit bath is bringing a delightful effect on Scorpions. Water flows in energy, refreshing Scorpion’s soul.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius is the most active zodiac sign. Always on the move, relaxing, or sitting in one place is too much and is damaging to Sagittarius’ soul. They crave to explore and try new things. They are in their element when traveling or engaging in sports. To be truly relaxed, Sagittarius should spend time outdoors playing with kids and pets. Bask in the sun while reading a mystery or suspense book. Write a journal or write a story and let your mind run wild with ideas.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

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Capricorns are quite the serious type and are always self-composed. Playfulness doesn’t come easily for them. It needs to be learned. The best self-care for Capricorns, being an Earth sign, is spending lots of time outdoors to get back to his bearing and better focus. They should surround themselves with trees, and get down and dirty tending to the garden.

Hiking trails, ATV rides, and geocaching are their idea of fun and excitement. Organizing and ticking out items on their to-do list is a source of joy for Capricorn. Feeling overwhelmed and unproductive? Capricorns should start with easy tasks. A task done means another level up on your sense of accomplishment. It will give you the boost of confidence in taking on the bigger, more daunting tasks on your checklist.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius is a loner. They get engrossed in pursuing unique interests. Their best self-care is hanging out with people with the same interest of helping out and volunteering. As an air sign, they get re-inspired by getting fresh air every day. Go up the mountainside, soak in the sun and fill your lungs with positive energies. Do not ignore your pent-up emotions. Release them by doing Hatha yoga.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces favor being in their world. But too much dreaming and not enough doing stagnates your energy. Reset your buttons by going on solo retreats. It will calm the sacred-space craving of your soul. Doing creative work is a welcoming oasis for Pisces. It is vital to be attuned to your emotions to be able to manage them. It will help to journal your thoughts. Recouping for Pisces is floating in the water, and releasing thoughts and emotions that are not helpful in your state of being.

Self-care looks different for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, nor is it a one-and-done activity.  Especially in this pandemic, you deserve to sit down with no distractions and actually enjoy your life and being who you are.

If you want to get deeper into your Zodiac sign, consider getting an Astrology Reading from Korinna Perla. This hour and a half reading can help you fully understand yourself and your direction. To know more about our services, please visit our website, or call us at (949) 205-6968.