When we don’t feel well we often relinquish responsibility for our care and treatment to care professionals because we think they know best, even for minor health and emotional problems. This may cause us to lack the confidence to take care of ourselves or it may cause us to be passive and not share what we think and feel to the care professional in order to not appear “difficult” or “weird”. The opposite of this is self care, which can be described as “the care taken by individuals towards their own health and well being, and includes the care extended to their children, family, friends and others in the community.”
Call to Action:
To practice self care you would include these actions:
- stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health
- meet your social and psychological needs
- prevent illness and accidents
- care for minor ailments and long-term conditions
- maintain health and wellbeing after an acute illness or discharge from a hospital.
People are becoming more and more in tuned to their health and sickness and are eager to take an active role in their health care. As we become more in tuned of the effects that lifestyle has on health, people are searching for information to help them make the right lifestyle choices, so they can respond to their sickness when it is appropriate to do so. People want to take control over their health and wellbeing and work together with their care professionals. When care professionals support an individual’s self care efforts then better health outcomes are possible.
To your wellness,