The Self-Care Habit You Should Try, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
September 21, 2020
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According to Sophie Saint Thomas for Allure, “The most important astrological event of the year is the clashing of innovative Uranus, which is in reliable Taurus, and strict Saturn, which is in eccentric Aquarius. While we feel the effects of these transits all year long, the two planets square on Wednesday, February 17, again on Monday, June 14, and finally on Friday, December 24.” This happens only once every 22.5 years, and it implies that the two houses of thinking—the traditional and conservative vs. the modern and progressive—are bound to clash again this year. Whether that means something for our politics, our professional lives, or our personal lives, is up to us to discover.
Even the most beginner-level of astrology enthusiasts know Mercury retrograde isn’t something to be messed with. This year, those periods are happening on January 30 to February 21, May 29 to June 22, and September 27 to October 23. Because the planet is the ruler of communication and transportation, you’ll want to be careful with your relationships, double-check travel plans, and have backup for logistical slip-ups along the way.
Get ready for a little—no, a lot—of drama. This year, you’ll be playing mediator. Tensions will be high amongst your friendships, and you’ll play an integral role in helping people reconcile in 2021. This helps people to see you as reliable and trustworthy…and along the way, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and how you handle your own relationships.
Our tip: Don’t let the drama get to your head. Remember, you’re only there to help—in the end, it’s their issue, not yours.
It was a little hard to date with a face shield in 2020. No worries. This year, we advise you to keep your options (and your heart) open, and you just might meet a new love. Buckle up, because he’s coming, whether you’re ready for him or not.
Our tip: If there’s anything 2020 taught us, it’s to always have a backup plan. Try not to fall too fast.
You fell into more than a few depression periods over quarantine last year, and this year, you’re determined to change the narrative. 2021 will be a year of joy and gratitude, regardless if the pandemic ends this year or not.
Our tip: Take some time every weekend to write down 5 things you’re thankful for. Use the Notes app on your phone if you’re not a pen-to-paper kinda gal.
Time to let go of the reins, Cancer. You let your (control) freak flag fly way too often last year. In 2021, your goal is to trust that other people can handle it for you. “Ako bahala.” Isn’t that sexy?
Our tip: If you’re holding any grudges from last year, let them go. They will serve you no longer going into 2021. What’s next, you ask? Sitting down with yourself and asking, ‘What can I do to take care of myself as well as I took care of others last year?’
2020 was rough for Leos everywhere (no parties? No eating out? No traveling???) so 2021 is your time to shine, even though things have stayed…disappointingly the same. This year, challenge yourself to get creative with the ways you channel your extrovertedness. If you’ve been thinking about making a TikTok dance cover, joining that online yoga group, or even buying that medj expensive cocktail dress just because, now is the time.
Our tip: Lost touch with some friends last year? Hit them up again. You’d be surprised how receptive 2020 has made everyone.
If you broke free from a toxic relationship last year—or just one that was no longer in line with who you were—congratulations. To fully embrace 2021 in all its glory, though, you’ll need to really let go.
Our tip: If you can’t get rid of everything that reminds you of the relationship, at least hide them from view for now. Upload all your photos on Google Drive instead of leaving them in your camera roll. Mute them on social media and refrain from bringing him up with your friends. It’s a process, but you can do it.
How was Tinder in the time of COVID-19, Libra? Not too fun, we presume. This year, though, we wager you’ll graduate from short-term flirting to long-term loving—that is, if you’re willing to make the jump.
Our tip: As a romantic relationship with someone progresses, constantly ask yourself, ‘Am I falling for them, or for the idea of them I’ve manufactured in my head?’ It helps to keep your feet on the ground.
Oof. Scorpio, you got yourself into more than a few scuffles last year, at work and/or at home. 2021 is your year for cooling down, reevaluating the way you react in a crisis, and sorting out your toxic traits.
Our tip: Time for honesty hour with a little help from your friends. Over drinks, ask them straight up—what do I need to change about myself?
The lack of travel really got to you, Sag, but it’s okay. There was a lot you discovered about yourself during those quiet moments of solitude. This 2021, challenge yourself to break free from the bad habits you’ve formed while cooped up at home. Excessive screen time? Forgetting about skincare? Making unhealthy food choices? Time to take better care of yourself.
Our tip: Set a bedtime alarm on your phone to remind yourself to wind down every night. That means skincare, nightcap, screens off, and slowing down.
Y’all, you’re about to SHINE this year. In terms of money and your professional life, things are looking very good. Be sure to keep up the momentum by continuing best practices while mixing in a little bit of risk. No reward without it, right?
Our tip: Work on turning your 2021 mindset into a lifetime mindset. Attracting good energy is a long-term relationship!
You share a similar fate with Cancers this year—too much time caring for others, too little time thinking of yourself. This year, it’s time to get serious about going after what you really want in life. Are you putting others’ needs before your own happiness?
Our tip: Think about what your “comfort zone” looks like. Why have you stayed in it for so long? What’s holding you back? What steps can you take to get out of it?
You quarantined a little too hard last year, Fish. Now’s the time to break free from your self-built bubble and let yourself live a little. Don’t worry—your friends and family are waiting for you.
Our tip: What’s something fun you haven’t done in a while? Make plans to do it this year, if quarantine rules permit. You deserve it.
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