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The future of Health and Wellbeing is in our own hands

Why do we need to start taking care of ourselves?

christine uksa

Welcome to the busiest and most demanding time of our lives where every day brings additional new challenges, stresses and strains!

 We are now connected to the world 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The internet, smartphone technology, and social media have created an ability to compete and respond instantaneously, but the downside to this is that it means we are all ‘always on’.

There is so much information out there – more than at any other time in human history – and all of it is easily accessed by the touch of a phone screen wherever we happen to be. Each day our minds are bombarded with thousands of images and an immeasurable amount of information is being absorbed by our brains.

How can we not question the effects on our mental health and wellbeing?

As a creative and passionate person, I thrive on ideas, thoughts and processes but I speak from experience, of knowing that feeling of being completely overwhelmed by too much information.  Luckily the information that appeals to me is on the very subject of developing the power to notice and keep track of how to keep yourself both physically and mentally strong and healthy. But even then, it’s a struggle not to get carried away with learning and doing more.

In this month’s issue of Spa Voice, I address this issue by writing about the importance of self-care.

Over time I will continue to describe ways in which you can keep on top of your health and wellbeing by offering support, tips and ways for you to take notice of your body when it’s saying stop, relax and listen… I need a rest!

Stage 1: What is Self-Care?

At the first stage of any process, it is important to understand the terminology. What does self-care mean and why does this apply to each and every person?

Self-Care is: The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness. 

The origins of this philosophy were chronicled by Hippocrates. Hippocrates, known as the ancient father of medicine, believed that the best way to avoid illness was to prevent illness. Eating nutrient dense food, having a connection with nature, spending time for relaxation and taking part in physical exercise, were all promoted as key ways to prevent ill-health in the first instance.

Now we understand the terminology of what self-care embodies next month, I will set out a step by step guide in which you can begin to introduce ways in which you can start to learn about your body and ways in which you can keep yourself feeling healthier and happier.

Thank you for reading.

Written By: Christine-Alice Hartigan

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