Self-Care Awareness Month

Self-Care Awareness Month

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Posted 2023-07-24 by Zahra in the Saharafollow

Fri 01 Sep 2023 - Sat 30 Sep 2023

Embracing Self-Care: A Journey Towards Wholeness and Wellbeing

In a fast-paced world that continually demands more of our time, energy, and attention, the concept of self-care often gets lost in the shuffle. Our society tends to prioritise productivity and achievement over personal wellbeing, leading to widespread stress, burnout, and mental health issues. Fortunately, the antidote to this chronic state of overwhelm is within our reach, and it's called self-care.

Self-care refers to the practice of taking proactive steps to promote one's physical, mental, and emotional health. It involves making conscious decisions and actions that contribute to our wellbeing and help us maintain a healthy work-life balance. Self-care is not about self-indulgence or selfishness but is an essential component of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.


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Slowing Down
In a society obsessed with speed and efficiency, slowing down can seem counterintuitive. However, embracing a slower pace allows us to fully engage with our experiences and become more present in our lives. It gives us the time to reflect, unwind, and recharge, which is crucial for our mental and emotional health.


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Disconnecting from Social Media
While social media can be a valuable tool for staying connected, it can also contribute to stress, anxiety, and a distorted sense of self-worth. Consider removing social media apps from your phone, even if it's just for a day or two each week. This digital detox can help improve your mental health by reducing the amount of information and emotional stimuli you are exposed to.


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Cultivating Mental Peace
Mental peace is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing. Incorporate practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and journaling into your routine to calm your mind, manage stress, and enhance emotional resilience. Regular mental rest is just as important as physical rest.


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Physical Activities
Engaging in physical activities like walking, yoga, and riding helps release stress, improve mood, and promote overall health. They stimulate the release of endorphins, your body's natural mood lifters, and contribute to better sleep and increased energy levels.

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Spending Time with Loved Ones
Humans are social creatures. Spending quality time with loved ones - be they family, friends, or furry companions - can boost your mood, provide emotional support, and enhance your sense of belonging. Whether it's a shared meal, a heart-to-heart conversation, or a simple walk in the park, these moments of connection are invaluable.

By integrating self-care practices into our daily lives, we can create a nurturing environment that promotes holistic health and wellbeing. While these practices require commitment and effort, the rewards are immeasurable. Remember, self-care isn't a one-time event but an ongoing commitment to prioritising your own health and wellbeing.

So, as we celebrate Self-Care Month, let's pledge to slow down, disconnect to reconnect I've personally taken all social media off of my phone, nurture mental peace, I've done this by exercising with no headphones and alone with my thoughts, stay active, I do this by doing 10,000 steps a day minimum as a goal, and treasure our relationships (Human and our Fury friends). This is the essence of self-care, a pathway leading to a healthier, happier, and more balanced life. After all, as the adage goes, "You cannot pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."

Whether it's a global initiative like the World Health Organisation's Self-Care Month in June and July or the National Day website's Self-Care Awareness Month in September, these designated periods remind us of the importance of self-care. Self-care goes beyond simple indulgences; it encompasses practices that nourish our mind, body, and soul. It involves listening to our needs, setting boundaries, and taking intentional actions to promote our overall well-being. Throughout the designated months, individuals are encouraged to make self-care a part of their daily routine. Whether it's a small act of self-kindness or a luxurious break from the pressures of life, each gesture contributes to a kinder world. By participating in self-care challenges and sharing our experiences on social media with hashtags like #selfcareawarenessmonth , #selflove , and #selfcarechallenge , we inspire others to prioritise their well-being as well. The history of Self-Care Awareness Month showcases its creation by Evolve to Live, aimed at spreading awareness about the extensive benefits of self-care on personal, social, and economic levels.


Reference:
National Day Calendar (2023): National Day Calendar Website

World Health Organization. (2023). Self-Care Month. Retrieved from World Health Organisation Website

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