Self-Care

February 17, 2020

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What It Is And Why You Should Do It

Everyone talks about the importance of self-care, but does the true meaning of it always get interpreted the right way? Yes, self-care can mean letting yourself have a glass of wine or a hot bath every once in a while, but there is much more to it than that. Practicing self-care is very different for every person. An act of self-care for one person can be something that another finds unenjoyable.

The International Self-Care Foundation has brought forward a system for self-care. They refer to it as the seven “pillars” or “domains” of self-care.

  • Pillar 1: Knowledge and health literacy. People that have stronger health literacy skills are known to make smarter more beneficial decisions surrounding themselves. The World Health Organization defines health literacy more here.
  • Pillar 2: Mental well belling, self-awareness and agency. Take time to assess where you are mentally and emotionally.
  • Pillar 3: Physical activity. Celebrate what your body can do and how it can move.
  • Pillar 4: Eat healthy. Provide your body with nutrient dense foods that will bring you health.
  • Pillar 5: Risk avoidance or mitigation. Do not participate in things that will negatively affect your health and wellbeing; instead, try activities such as not smoking, limiting alcohol use, and getting vaccinated.
  • Pillar 6: Good hygiene. Stay clean and happy, you deserve it!
  • Pillar 7: Rational and responsible use of product and services. Utilize your access to wellness and health products as well as proper medication - but do not take advantage of it.

Practice self-care daily to ensure you're always in touch with how you feel, both emotionally and physically. Always remember, self-care is different for everyone!

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