No matter how you’ve approached it in the past, it’s important to know that self-care matters. Once associated with spa days and champagne, self-care is far more than just a self-indulgent trip to a hotel.
Now more than ever it is important to understand what self-care is and why you should take time out to reflect and recharge.
What is self-care?
The World Health Organisation defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider.”
Self-care in practise
Self-care is more than just a single yoga session or eating at a raw kitchen. Self-care incorporates a range of behaviours and choices that you can make starting today. Importantly it is most effective when you start to make habits and apply structure to your everyday life.
In practice, self-care has three essential considerations for you to tackle:
- Healthy Eating
- Being Physical and Mentally Active
- Good Hygiene
Plus, the good news is that your life already provides opportunities to practise self-care!
What can you do to improve your self-care?
The best way to introduce self-care into your life is to find ways to improve current habits and focus on making positive steps towards a healthy lifestyle. This can be as easy as swapping out chocolate for a carrot or having a walking meeting rather than sitting around the board table again.
As you add in small steps, you will see the benefits and perhaps even feel inspired to take time out for a run.
Step Up your self-care game
Here at Step Up, we want to help our community champion self-reflection! Through Step Up you can:
- Track your physical and mental health;
- See your progress over time to help understand your wellbeing;
- Receive personalised physical and mental health resources;
- Connect with social opportunities to meet new people and become more socially confident.