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Definition of self-care

: care for oneself stroke victims capable of daily self-care the necessity of busy working parents to take time for self-care specifically : health care provided by oneself often without the consultation of a medical professional Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a common route for self-care, and consumers are eagerly using them … — Alison Stein Wellner sometimes used before another noun At-home screening is one side of the burgeoning self-care movement … — Stephen Rae

Examples of self-care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Olympics are an intense and stressful time for athletes and their coaches, and Koskinen's hobby is a good reminder for everyone to make time for self-care. Bella Gerard,, 13 Feb. 2018 Pore strips were probably my first introduction to self-care. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 Jan. 2018 The results can set me emotionally adrift, the very work of self-care undermining my sense of self. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of self-care

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of self-care

: care for oneself : self-treatment


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