The term “Self-Care” has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Many people highlight the importance of self-care, but few talk about the actual health implications that research associates with a lack of good, consistent self-care. With self-care day being last Friday, July 25, what better time to truly discuss why it’s so important?

Let’s start by first defining self-care… Self-care, according to Oxford Languages, is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. Basically, you are practicing self-care when you take any deliberate action to improve or maintain your mental, emotional, and/or physical health and well-being.[1]

So… why is self-care important?

A lack of self-care and investment in your own personal well-being can lead to many negative consequences. Increased anxiety, anger, irritability, inability to focus, and tiredness are just a few of the associated negative impacts that a lack of self-care can cause. Not only are the effects uncomfortable, a continued lack of self-care can actually contribute to major health issues.[2]

Did you know that increased stress levels over lengthy periods of time can actually lead to major health issues like depression and heart disease?[1]

Taking even just a few moments each day to practice self-care can significantly reduce stress levels and lead to a happier and healthier you! You will experience a more stable, positive mood and significantly decrease your risk of developing debilitating health problems.

What can you do to practice good self-care?

Start small! The most important part of self-care is consistency. It is necessary to practice it regularly, so start small in order to build up the habit. Try taking 5-10 minutes each day to do something you really enjoy, like going for a walk, reading, exercising, or just sitting still.

Whatever it is you choose to do, be sure it is something you truly enjoy and brings you to a state of calmness. Start today, the time for a happy and healthy you is NOW!

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