Updated: Oct 5, 2020
July 24 is International Self-Care Day—a chance to discuss the importance of taking care of yourself and the role self-care plays in leading a healthy lifestyle and your overall well-being.
Self-care is about making positive choices and developing good habits that help your physical and mental health. The benefits of self-care are experienced every moment of your life, which is why today (24/7) is a reminder that prioritising your own health is a lifelong pursuit.
Increase behaviours that benefit your health, such as:
eating fresh fruit and vegetables
proper rest and sleep
wearing a seatbelt in the car
Reduce behaviours that can be detrimental to your health, like:
smoking and vaping
constant electronic use
24/7 connectivity to social media outlets
negative thought patterns
underestimating your ability to cope with challenges
Self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For most of us, the pandemic has meant many of our normal self-care practices were put on hold. Other self-care practices, like hand washing, became even more important.
If you had medical appointments that were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, this is your reminder to re-book. Many clinics and health offices have put proper COVID-19 precautions into place and are resuming regular service. Don't put off that eye test / dental appointment / annual physical / prostate exam / mammogram.
Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Protect vulnerable people. Follow physical distancing guidelines when they are required. These are all a part of good self-care, because stopping the spread of COVID-19 is beneficial to our collective well-being.
Be kind to yourself. We are all guilty of putting more stress on ourselves. Remember that you are likely experiencing higher-than-normal stress during the pandemic, so give yourself some slack.
Remember that self-care routines can take time to work. They require practise and it is okay if something suggested above does not suit your lifestyle. Don’t be hard on yourself if you forget to do something or if you are not feeling a benefit right away.
DrugSmart at Home:
Order your PPE, vitamins, and other self-care products with the new DrugSmart Pharmacy app. Choose pickup or free delivery, earn rewards, then sit back and relax!