What is Self-Care?

Jun 8, 2020 | Patients & Community, Self-Care | 0 comments

What is Self-Care?

Self-Care is every action you take to care for yourself. It is not a new concept as it has been practised since ages in every  culture around the world, with development of traditional remedies to keep body healthy, give strength and help it thrive.

Self-care is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the ability to take actions to improve self health and wellbeing. This can be done with everyday small but meaningful actions like:

 undertaking a small yet soothing personal activity such as taking a hot, relaxing bath to help you take care of your body

 starting an anti-stress activity such as a walk or light jog in the park, a yoga session or even playing your favourite music

 trying to plan and prepare your favourite healthy meal to greatly boost your morale and nurture your body

Self-care is the cornerstone of your health allowing you to prevent disease, maintain your health or even help you cope with any chronic illness.

You are yourself care provider 24/7/365.

Health is your most valuable resource and you are your first health care provider.  Access to health, access to care and treatment to preserve or restore health is a fundamental human right. It is our responsibility to do our best to preserve it through implementing best health practices leading to wellbeing and happiness. This is achieved by knowing your health needs – do you know what keeps you healthy? Are you fully informed while making your health choices? How confident do you feel in dealing with acute disease when you are ill with flu, migraine or backpain? What skills would you need to manage your chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure? What support from your care providers do you expect  in accompanying you in your chronic disease care journey? Do you know what health resources are available in your community?

Self-Care in daily life …6 components 

  1. Keeping a Health Plan tailored to your individual needs
  2. Healthy Weight Management
  3. Healthy Environment
  4. Healthy Eating         
  5. Healthy Moving                              
  6. Healthy Lifestyle

Customized Health Plan

As the main stakeholder of your health, you are in a partnership position along with your healthcare providers. In fact, you are your very first healthcare provider.  You need to establish a health care plan for your life that should be adapted to the stage of life journey you are in. The Health Plan should be customized according to your health needs, your preferences, your abilities, and your cultural health beliefs.