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The Importance of Self-Care During Conflict

Times of crisis and conflict may seem like the worst times to practice self-care — yet in those moments, taking care of yourself is key to CRAFT. The more you learn to increase your awareness of yourself and your reaction, the more you can successfully use CRAFT tools. If what you want to happen in those times involves your loved one’s actions, it’s not likely to be successful. Changing your actions and reactions, however, alters the environment and creates the possibility of change.

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