Did you know that July 24 is International Self-Care Day (ISD)? It provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world.
The International Self-Care Day, 24 July, symbolises that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In other words, the benefits of self-care are life-long and do not just relate to a single day.
Developed by the International Self-Care Foundation, ISD has been running since 2011 and promotes self-care as a vital foundation of health.
When I looked at the manifesto for self-care published by the International Self-Care Foundation, there are 5 phrases that jumped out at me.
- Self-care can only be undertaken by individuals themselves
- Self-care is a normal part of everyday life in which everyone engages, consciously or unconsciously
- Self-care is both a set of activities and a repetitive cycle of behaviour
- The primary beneficiary of self-care is the self-carer, but other beneficiaries include family members and overstretched healthcare systems
- Self-care is equally important in developed countries and in resource-poor settings
It put a spotlight on some of my responsibilities in a way I didn’t think about before. (I encourage you to have a look at the complete manifesto for self-care).
I’m doing something a little extra in the week leading up to International Self-Care Day and making myself available for a short chat to brainstorm with you how you could incorporate self-care into your routine. There are 2 options, either by yourself (15min), or with your household (30min).
The ISF also describe 7 pillars of self-care and to be honest, when I focus on what more I could (read should :-)) be doing, I could get despondent very quickly. It’s great that we have the resources on the ISF site because it helps deal with the overwhelm. I’m truly grateful for this.
Pillar 2 covers mental wellbeing. Though I am not a health professional, I want to play my role (albeit small), and try to inspire those around me to do self-care, while working to raise the bar in my own life. That’s why I offer my piano music to help you create a space to pause and be still when you need it.
Let’s treat ourselves to better health. I’ll watch your back while you watch mine.
Let’s share notes, what do you do for self-care? Share it with us in the comments below.