Self-care is the practice of individuals looking after their own health using the knowledge and information available to them, in collaboration with health and social care professionals as needed. I was struck by this very simple yet powerful definition of self-care. I had always associated the term with treating oneself to feel-good activities in an effort to enhance the mood (think bubble baths and lazy Sunday afternoons on the couch). But what is being described here has little to do with self-indulgence, rather it is speaking to taking personal responsibility for our own health management. We are being asked to take our well-being into our own hands which sounds both intimidating and empowering. (What is self-care?, n.d.).
July 24th is International Self Care Day —a day for people around the world to prioritize self-care. The International Self-Care Foundation (a charity based in the UK) established this day in 2011 because they believe the key to a healthy society is when each individual first takes care of themselves. Taking care of oneself will mean different things to different people, but this concept is speaking about the holistic self;physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. (International Self Care Day, n.d.)
Personal self-care is a strategy that we can all implement in our endeavor towards health. It may alleviate stress, help to regulate and improve our emotional state and potentially improve our overall quality of life. But self-care is not a replacement for professional support. If you are experiencing a health crisis, the help of a professional health provider may be necessary. (Derisz, n.d.)
The concept of self-care is broad and sparks the obvious question, where do I begin? Maybe you already know your sticky points. These areas when faced immediately affect your mood, or your stress level such as a problematic personal relationship or financial concerns. Some of us may already be aware of our own susceptibility to a chronic medical condition and have been slacking on taking the preventive measures to keep it at bay. Of course, self-care will not prevent or cure disease and illness, but practicing self-care may help manage the symptoms or at least improve another aspect of your whole self in the process. (Lawler, 2021)
So, in honor of International Self Care Day, we are going to celebrate the entire month of July with Tycor’s Step Toward Self-Care Challenge:
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Pick an area of your life —physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual.
Step 2: Write an intention or personal goal to address and improve that area.
Step 3: Create a habit to support that goal and incorporate it into your routine.
Step 4: Stick to it for the month of July.
Step 5: Assess and evaluate
While making one small change in an area of your life that needs attention won’t necessarily have sweeping effects, you may just feel a little bit healthier and even happier. I know for myself the knowledge that I am taking responsibility for my own well-being already makes me feel stronger.
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Derisz, R. (n.d.). The 5 Practical Steps to Create a Truly Effective Self-Care Routine. Retrieved from goalcast.com: https://www.goalcast.com/self-care-practice/
International Self Care Day. (n.d.). Retrieved from nationaldaycalendar.com: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/international-self-care-day-july-24/
Lawler, M. (2021, May 19). What is Self-Care and Why is it so imporant for your health? Retrieved from everydayhealth.com: https://www.everydayhealth.com/self-care/
What is self-care? (n.d.). Retrieved from selfcarefederation.org: https://www.selfcarefederation.org/what-is-self-care