The 24th of July – International Day Of Self Care – was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it is very important. Let’s learn about the origins of this day.
The 24th day of month 7 (July) aims to represent that people should worry about their health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is basically about the conscious search for quality of life, and the improvement of body and mind through personal choices and decisions related to health in a responsible way.
With the increasingly intense routine of the modern world, it has become almost an obligation to create a day in which it is important to remember that we are the most important person in our lives. It is necessary to have an active and responsible attitude towards a lifestyle that, above all, seeks prevention and healthy habits, in order to avoid as much as possible the use of excessive medication.
“Being aware of the importance of having time for ourselves, cultivating the quality of life, is the first step”, for our emotional balance and our self-esteem.
We confuse self-care with the appearance… But why?
Today, the idea that health can be expressed by appearance, that is, to have a sculpted body or a face with no marks of age is the proof that there was an “investment” of time and discipline in physical exercise and skin health, two of the pillars of health.
Often, traces of ageing or of excess fat are seen as signs of lack of self-care and become associated with the disease.
But is all this really self-care?
In the area of health, self-care is a key concept and the American nurse Dorothea Orem (1914 – 2007) was a reference in this matter. In the 1950s, she formulated the notion of self-care as a set of actions taken by each individual to maintain their own health and well-being.
These actions end up being much simpler (and cheaper) than the Instagram pictures make it look and include basic things, such as sufficient intake of air, water and food, the balance between loneliness and social interaction, between physical activity and rest.
Taking care of your sleep routine is also crucial to your self-care.
Many people set up alarms to wake up, but it is also important to have one that indicates the time to go to bed. Having the right time to wake up and go to sleep helps you get a better sleep pattern. Avoiding the cell phone in bed is another basic recommendation.
The light emitted by electronic devices can really alter brain waves and disturb your sleep, causing your daily productivity to be affected.
Prevention is the basis of the seven pillars of self-care:
1 – Inform yourself about health: Look for reliable sources to read and talk about with doctors in order to make good decisions and develop notions of physical and mental health care.
2 – Get to know yourself: Do self-exams frequently to get to know your body and pay attention to its signs. If you notice changes, talk to your doctor.
3 – Practice a physical activity: Leaving sedentarism aside is important to take care of the body and mind and to improve the body’s functioning and prevent diseases.
4 – Have a healthy diet: Choose natural food that is rich in nutrients. It provides the body with vitamins and elements necessary for maintaining health and providing well-being.
5 – Avoid health risks: Cigarettes, alcoholic beverages in excess and industrialized foods should be avoided in the routine of those who wish to have full physical and mental conditions.
6 – Have good hygiene habits: Washing your hands frequently, oral hygiene after meals and changing brushes every two months should be part of the routine.
7 – Use health products in a responsible way: Late medications can only be consumed with the indication of a professional prescriber.
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