Most people experience stress in life, whether it is related to positive events, such as being nervous about starting a new job, or negative events, such as recovering after a natural disaster. Stress is not always a bad thing. When a deadline is coming up, it can sometimes help you focus on the task at hand. Other times, when stress is prolonged, interferes with your daily activities, or makes you feel like you have lost all control, it can be harmful to your health. It is easy to prioritize work projects and taking care of your families and friends, but it is just as important to take care of ourselves.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “Health” as, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is important to practice regular self-care to ensure that the stress you are dealing with does not begin to impact your physical, mental and social well-being.
The following 5 tips will help you take care of yourself to ensure you stay healthy enough to take care of everything else:
September is self-care awareness month, but self-care is something that needs to be practiced throughout the year. Make time and schedule your annual checkup with your primary care physician. If you’re a woman, don’t forget to visit your OB-GYN every year. Learn how to #taketime4u to help maintain a healthy, happy life.