July 13, 2024

A small seed named Luna wanted to grow into a beautiful flower. But her pot was too small, and the soil was dry. She tried to grow, but her petals drooped, and her stem got weak. A wise old tree told her, take care of yourself, Luna. Make yourself strong.Luna listened. She enjoyed the sunshine, drank water, and rested. When she was ready, she bloomed into a gorgeous flower. Luna learned that taking care of herself was important. She spread the message, taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s necessary. Make yourself strong, and you’ll become your best self.

Self-care is like taking care of your own needs. It helps you grow strong and become your best self.Are you prioritizing your own well-being as much as you prioritize your phone’s battery life? Think about it,do you regularly recharge yourself with rest, relaxation, and self-care activities? Or do you often find yourself running on low battery (physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion)? Just as your phone needs regular charging to function optimally, your body and mind need consistent self-care to perform at their best.Self-care is the intentional and deliberate practice of taking care of one’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It involves engaging in activities and behaviors that promote health, happiness, and fulfillment.

Self-care is about nourishing your body with healthy habits,nurturing your emotions with kindness and compassion, stimulating your mind with learning and creativity, Connecting with your spirit through reflection and meaning.Self-care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, it’s a personal and ongoing process that requires listening to your needs and honoring your boundaries. By prioritizing self-care, you invest in your overall well-being and enhance your quality of life.

The concept of self-care has its roots in ancient civilizations, where it was often linked to spiritual and philosophical practices. The modern concept of self-care emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, with the rise of the human potential movement and the emphasis on personal growth, wellness, and holistic health. Today, self-care is recognized as an essential aspect of overall well-being, with a growing focus on mental health, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

People are focusing more on taking care of themselves at home, and companies are making products to help with that. Many people are eating fast food, but they also want healty options. More people are trying to be healthy and are looking for ways to improve their well-being. The self-care industry is growing, and people are buying products like special vitamins and tests to help them feel better.Overall, people are prioritizing their health and well-being, and companies are responding by creating products to support that.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends self-care interventions for every country and economic setting, as a critical path to reach universal health coverage, promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Self-monitoring of blood glucose is a critical part of diabetes management, and self-monitoring of blood pressure is an effective intervention for hypertension management. Regular physical activity is a form of self-care that can avert an estimated 3.9 million premature deaths each year. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy and more. Americans cited benefits of self-care as: enhanced self-confidence (64%), increased productivity (67%), happiness (71%), self-care also reduces heart disease, stroke and cancer. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has defined eight dimensions of wellness to help you focus on optimizing your health: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, social.

 Talking about self-care, we have various types of self-care. firstly we have:  

Physical self-care which means taking care of your body’s needs to stay healthy and strong. Here are some simple ways to practice physical self-care:

  • Eating nutritious food to fuel your body
  • Drinking enough water to stay hydrated
  • Exercise or moving your body in ways that feel good (like walking, stretching, or dancing)
  • Getting enough sleep to rest and recharge
  • Keeping yourself clean and groomed (like showering, brushing your teeth, and combing your hair)
  • Protecting your skin from harm (like wearing sunscreen and bug spray)
  • Getting regular check-ups and care from healthcare professionals (like doctors and dentists)
    Remember, taking care of your physical body is an important part of overall self-care.
    Secondly, we have
    Emotional self-care which means taking care of your feelings and emotional well-being. Here are some simple ways to practice emotional self-care:
  • Expressing your feelings in a healthy way (like talking to a friend, writing in a journal, or crying when you need to)
  • Practicing self-compassion and kindness (like being gentle with yourself and avoiding self-criticism)
  • Setting boundaries to protect your emotional energy (like saying “no” when you need to and prioritizing your own needs)
  • Engaging in activities that bring you joy and happiness (like hobbies, creative pursuits, or spending time in nature)
  • Seeking support from loved ones, therapists, or support groups when you need it
  • Practicing mindfulness and self-awareness (like meditation, deep breathing, or reflecting on your thoughts and feelings)
  • Allowing yourself to feel and process difficult emotions (like grief, anger, or sadness) in a healthy way.
    Remember, taking care of your emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of your physical body.
    Then thirdly we have
    Social self-care means nurturing your relationships and connections with others to support your well-being. Here are some simple ways to practice social self-care:
  • Spending quality time with loved ones (like family, friends, or pets)
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships (like scheduling regular check-ins or activities with friends)
  • Joining social groups or communities that align with your interests (like clubs, teams, or volunteer work)
  • Practicing effective communication skills (like active listening and assertiveness)
  • Setting healthy boundaries with others (like learning to say “no” and prioritizing your own needs)
  • Seeking support from others when you need it (like talking to a trusted friend or therapist)
  • Engaging in activities that bring you joy and connection with others (like hobbies, classes, or social events).

Remember, social connections are vital to our well-being, and prioritizing social self-care can help you feel supported, loved, and connected.

According to Akor Wisdom, a student of mass communication, from Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU), he said that self care is essential to human health, as he does daily exercises, drinks water regularly, and makes sure he eats fruits and vegetables. He further stated that in other to take care of one’s self, such a person shouldn’t wait till he or she clocks age 40, rather, start at a young age. He also advised his fellow youths to be mindful of their sugar intake.

Readers should do well to go for medical checkups regularly, make sure there is nothing wrong with their health, in other to leave healthily, they should enroll in reading exercises, physical exercises, eating of fruits and vegetables, as it is said that health is wealth.

Written by:
Herbert Mary Sokolayam

300 L Department Of Mass Communication
(Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba.)

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