Wednesday August 17, 2016
How often do you practice self-care?! Practicing self-care means managing your health, your diet, and thinking about what your body and mind needs. According to World Health Organization (WHO):
“Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.”
In this blog from SeniorsZen, they outline the 7 pillars of self-care and give tips on how to put these self-care plans into practice:
Self-care is important for all individuals alike, including those who provide care for others. Caregivers including health care workers such as nurses as well as family and friend caregivers, are always alert to the stresses of the people they help. Sometimes they aren’t as alert to the stress and fatigue that can slowly surface in their own lives. Caregivers may need to be reminded to take care of themselves while still helping clients and loved ones. Here are a few self-care resources for caregivers:
- Public Health Agency of Canada – Self-care for caregivers - This resource provides information about stress signs to lookout for and some stress-relieving activities to incorporate into your everyday lives
- Alzheimer Society of Canada – Self-care for caregivers - Learn about caregiver stress and watch this short video on how to help
Today we challenge you to take a few minutes to think about your self-care strategy and ways that you can help yourself stay healthier and happier!
I would like you to know how pleased we were with J. during the months she provided overnight care for my father. J. was always very pleasant and patient and did many extras to help dad. She went beyond her required responsibilities and we are grateful for her kindness.
Mrs. L.P., London