Andrea Lee- Clinic Founder and Osteopathic Manual Therapist
On July 24th, it is National Self Care Day, and today we are discussing the importance of self care to ensure that you are prioritizing your physical and mental health.
Why is Self Care Important?
It is important to understand that self care does not mean that you are being self indulgent, it simply means taking care of yourself. The World Health Organization defines self care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider.”
Self care allows you to stay healthy, and gives you the capacity to not only look after yourself, but others as well.
Types of Self Care
Self care may be different for everyone, and practiced in different ways that may look different from your definition of self care. Self care is what you want it to be, and here are the types of self care that you can start practicing.
Emotional Self Care
Emotional self care can include self talk, setting boundaries, saying “no” to things that cause stress, or adopting a morning routine that is unique to you and prioritizies your needs.
Physical Self CareThis could mean prioritizing sleep and exercise, or choosing to adopt or stick to a healthy, well balanced diet of eating protein, fruits and vegetables.
Spiritual Self CareSpiritual self care can include attending a weekly religious service, spending time in nature, or meditating. You could also try journaling- a great way to check in with yourself.
What Can I Do to Practice Self Care?
There are various things you can do to practice self care. Remember, everyone will have their own version of self care- so you can make it what you want it to be for you, so that you are getting the care that you need. Here are a few suggestions, including;
What are the Benefits of Practicing Self Care?
There are endless benefits to practicing self care- and they can include;
Starting a Self Care Routine
In order to practice self care, it is important to incorporate it into your schedule, to ensure that it is being prioritized so that you can start experiencing the benefits. Here a few easy steps that you can take to ensure you start your routine off right
It is important to start prioritizing self care, and remember that it is not a selfish act, it is a choice that has a positive effect on your health and wellness, and can change the way in which you live out your life on a daily basis.
If you are looking to prioritize your physical wellness, we are here to support you. Take a closer look at the services we offer to help you.