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Self Care As An Everyday Practice

Posted on: Monday, July 20th, 2020

Self-care can be described as a check-in with ourselves and taking care of oneself in ways your body and mind need. Self-care is something we do not always prioritize in our daily lives. Taking time for ourselves can seem impossible, especially with work, school, relationships, and children in the mix. Self-care is not just taking bubble baths, but is so much more when it comes to our health and wellbeing. It has been categorized into seven pillars of self-care which include:

  1. Health literacy 
  2. Self-Awareness
  3. Physical Activity 
  4. Healthy Eating 
  5. Risk Avoidance 
  6. Good Hygiene 
  7. Rational use of products and services 

 

These pillars allow us to see the broad nature that self-care encompasses and how important taking care of ourselves truly is. When we neglect to take care of ourselves some of the effects may include: chronic stress, exhaustion, insomnia, auto-immune illness and many more health problems. Especially within professions where one cares for others, such as health care workers or teachers, it is of utmost importance to practice self-care to avoid burnout.

 

July 24th is International Self Care Day, however, please practice self-care every day because your mental health and well-being should always be a priority 🙂

 

Managing stress and learning how to practice self-care are topics psychologists at Journey Counseling are experienced with and able to help you develop. If you require mental-health support please feel free to contact us at 403-619-8558 or if you are in need of emergency assistance outside working hours, contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-4357.

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