What is Self-Care and Why Self-Care is Important

 You probably want to know what self-care is so you can decide why self-care is important and if you should do self-care. Self-care is a crucial taking-responsibility for yourself in order to create physical, emotional and mental well-being. If you want to know what self is, imagine being a child who innately prioritizes their needs, big and small. Using your imagination is a great facet of self-care.

In health care, self-care is any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control. Self-care is deliberate and self-initiated, like a way of life. At Nat Med Coach, rather than placing self-care on a continuum where health care providers are at the opposite end, we feel it is our responsibility of as health care workers to empower you by promoting effective and enlightened self-care. This way you’ll have the confidence to harness your own health. Self-care is after-all the REAL primary-care. It’s you putting your health first! In order to be most effective for preventing or treating chronic disease, or when you need a second opinion or an expert, supervised self-care is best.

Here are 10 self-care efforts you can include in your day so you can live, eat and breath self-care - literally!

  1. Eat regular meals to keep your blood sugar balanced, reduce sugar cravings and keep your energy levels high

  2. Think kind thoughts about yourself - and speak them in the mirror you will feel so much better and have respect for yourself

  3. Move your body daily like a walk or light jog or stretching - it should feel good, not hard like giving yourself a big hug

  4. Drink water - we say 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water - but start by drinking 1 more glass

  5. Go to sleep on-time as your body and mind need to repair and heal itself and no amount of caffeine replaces sleep

  6. Pay attention to your body’s unhappy states - so you can meet your own daily needs before they get out of hand - your know nature calls, so take the time for it

  7. Get fresh air, and some sunshine daily for O2, Vitamin D and natural beauty and sounds- meditate, breathe deep, touch a plant - it balances your nervous system

  8. Set your boundaries so you can balance work, personal and relationship time - heck - say NO

  9. Ease up on the stimulants - caffeine, sugar, alcohol and booze - when you’re not used to being sober you can’t assess your needs properly

  10. Laugh once a day - spend time with your funniest friend, a comedy show, or recall a hilarious experience - laughter is the best medicine for putting painful experiences into perspective

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Dr. Millie Lytle