Today is Self-Care Day and that is why we talked about health and wellness in our last blog post Health and Fitness 101. Ultimately, self-care is a vital foundation of health as it includes any actions you take to care for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Benefits of self-care are life-long and if you learned anything from out last post, it includes what you eat, the amount of sleep you get, managing your stress and exercising.
Self-Care Day is an international event that is promoted by the International Self-Care Foundation, and previous activities have been focused on youth, seniors, the general public, etc. Activities have ranged from competitions, to concerts to community involvement programs, sporting events and so on.
Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes happen to be the primary cause of death and disability, replacing infectious diseases. The idea here is that if we can take better care of ourselves and the people around us, most of these conditions are preventable. There has been an increase in people being more person-centric where more time is being spent on health initiatives. Most of our health initiatives fall outside the formal health and social care system because we don’t spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office – and that’s okay!
Just remember you have the support of many organizations and health care professionals to help you and recommend what they think is best for you. It’s not always about the paternalistic model of health and their decisions legally and morally have begun to include the patient in the decision making process for treatments. On the bright side, most doctors want to work with you to improve the way you take care of yourself and your family.