Apparently July 24th has been designated International Self-Care Day. I forgot to check my calendar so missed posting about this for last week’s Wellness Wednesday in preparation for the big day. However, self-care should be practiced daily so now we are all prepared for next year and all the days in between.
Simply put, self-care is about prioritizing your physical, emotional and mental needs and setting boundaries. To help keep you on track, set up a daily, monthly, weekly and yearly schedule.
- daily – exercise and eat nutritious food
- weekly – declutter and clean your home environment
- monthly – have a massage/go to a spa
- yearly – take a vacation
According to the Health Nexus website, the definition of self-care as presented by the WHO is:
“Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.”
~Retrieved July 27, 2016 from http://en.healthnexus.ca/news/international-self-care-day
This is quite comprehensive so 7 pillars of self-care were created to help identify areas of focus:
- Health Literacy (knowledge and skills to achieve better health)
- Self-awareness (“know thyself” and what your body/mind needs for improvement)
- Physical Activity – fitness
- Healthy Eating – food
- Risk avoidance or mitigation of harmful behaviours (e.g. smoking, proper sun protection)
- Good hygiene (clean body and environment)
- Rational and responsible use of products (prescription medications, health care products) and services (health care)
What do you include in your self-care regime?