During this day, people around the world celebrate self-care practices and appreciate how they can make a difference in everyone’s lives.
Learn more about what self-care is and why it is so important.
Self-Care: Treat Yourself to Better Health
Self-care is the practice of looking after your health based on the knowledge and information you have. It is a decision-making process that empowers individuals to look after their health efficiently and conveniently, together with health and social care professionals as needed (2✔ ✔Trusted Source
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When you start to take care of yourself for being healthy, you are practicing self-care. It includes physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For some, self-care also includes taking care of themselves spiritually, or else it could be as simple as having some quiet time each day. Others might enjoy themselves with their friends at least once a week.
Other Ways of Practising Self-Care Include
- Following a regular sleep routine
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Keeping a reflective journal
- Practicing gratitude every day
- Getting a massage
- Listening to music
- Reading books
- Learning to say ‘no’
- Asking for help when necessary
- Monitoring time on social media
- Decluttering your home
No matter what kind of self-care you practice, you are bound to reap benefits. Having a healthier mind and body are the two main benefits. Other benefits include feeling less stressed and being less overwhelmed. Self-care is very important for caregivers. It is easy for a caregiver to give all of their time and energy to another person and in doing so, it will take a toll on their health. Therefore, always take care of yourself first.
Why Self-Care is Important?
By practicing self-care, you are being an active agent for your healthcare. This will ease the burden on-demand healthcare systems. Those burdens include (3✔ ✔Trusted Source
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- 4.3 billion people having inadequate access to basic healthcare services.
- Global shortage of health workers is expected to grow to 18 million by 2030.
- 1 in 5 of the world’s population now living in humanitarian crises, in which health systems are challenged to deliver essential services.
- COVID-19, armed conflicts and climate change have also disrupted and stretched healthcare services worldwide.
Self-care is part of the future of healthcare. They should not replace healthcare systems, but rather enhance them.
Self-Care for All: A New Beginning
International Self-Care Day 2022 campaign builds on the #SelfCarePromise theme, which encourages everyone to make and share their commitment to embracing a specific self-care action.
We can’t strike back from the pandemic without engaging in consistent self-care practices. That’s why this year’s theme of resilience asks you to make a new commitment in support of global self-care actions. Together we can amplify our voice as we demand change that would empower individuals and raise awareness for better health outcomes (4✔ ✔Trusted Source
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But the work does not stop here. To make the change we need policy frameworks that ensure everyone receives self-care support.
How to Get Involved in Self-Care Promise?
On this day, various self-care activities are held throughout the world. It includes poster design competitions, concerts, public lectures, and sponsored public walks. To participate:
- Come up with new ways to practice self-care throughout the rest of the year.
- If you know a full-time caregiver, offer to take them out for a break.
- Learn more about the many benefits of self-care.
- Read a book to help guide you on your self-care journey.
- Take time to listen to self-care podcasts.
- Share your favorite way of practicing self-care on social media with the tags #InternationalSelfCareDay #selfcarepromise.
Always remember that a healthy society starts only when each individual in the community first takes care of themselves. Therefore, make a promise to be a responsible person and citizen from now on.
- International Self-Care Day – (https://isfglobal.org/international-self-care-day/)
- Caring for Your Mental Health – (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health)
- Self-care month – (https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/06/24/default-calendar/self-care-month)
- International Self-Care Day – (https://www.selfcarefederation.org/international-self-care-day-page)
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