According to the World Health Organization, self-care is defined as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”
Since 2015, searches for “self-care” have more than doubled and with the onset of the pandemic everyone is looking for ways to better cope with daily stressors. The takeover of technology, while seemingly more convenient, has led to an increase in burnout rates. The flood of information and access to it is closer than ever before. The world’s problems loom in our hallways and living rooms, screaming from TVs, tablets, laptops, and phones in every room, along with the million little things that are required to support a family or household each day.
Self-care is taking a break from all that and doing something just for you that makes your mental and physical health better.
Self-care is important because, quite simply, without it, you can hit a wall. That “wall” can be anything from a major physical health crisis to a mental breakdown to the development of depression, anxiety, or broken relationships. Practicing self-care makes you better equipped to support all the people and tasks in your life—whether it is home or work, you need the mental and physical stamina that comes with caring for yourself.
What is commonly ignored in discussions of self-care is the silent toll it takes on all the chemical messengers inside your body that allow you to conquer the world mentally and physically each day. When you don’t take time for yourself, stress, lack of sleep, emotional distress, and other pillars of non-stop tasking can cause your hormones to become unbalanced. Hormonal imbalances have a domino effect on your health.
How Can I Practice Effective Self-Care?
While a hot bath and a glass of wine might seem like self-care, they won’t do as much for you as taking 30 minutes to talk to a practitioner that specializes in self-care. At EVEXIAS Medical Centers, our team of expert practitioners understand hormonal health, the toll various stages of life can take on your health—inside and out—and we know that there are real solutions for those woes. We can help you get to the root cause of your symptoms and find true healing. That’s real self-care. And the best part is that you get the support of an expert practitioner who can develop a complete care plan to help you achieve healthier living, a path to aging well, and offer therapies that will help prevent disease too.