In popular culture, the act of “self-care” has taken on many forms, but psychologists emphasize that self-care is less about what activity you choose to do and more so about the function of that activity. Sustainable self-care should be integrated into daily practices, rather than added to existing obligations, and be something that connects to your values. The idea is that by mindfully choosing things that help you flourish, you’re enging in self-compassion — the foundation of self-care, along with needs like sleep, health, and nutrition.