September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, a time when brands and experts reach out to remind everyone to take some time to care for their own mental, physical and spiritual well-being. The National Day Calendar notes that many people tend to put others before themselves, which is an endearing and even faith-based trait. Taking care of and serving others is important, but it's easy to forget about your own needs after you've put them on the back burner so long.
Individuals who have retired and moved into our Fort Worth assisted living community may have spent much of their lives taking care of others. But your time in our vibrant community offers an opportunity to begin taking care of yourself in big and small ways every day. If you haven't taken that opportunity to heart yet, September is a great month to begin a self-care habit. Here are three things you can do to take care of yourself.
1. Keep Up With Medical Appointments
Sometimes when people talk about self-care, we get visions of long soaks in the tub or downtime spent with our favorite hobbies, and those are certainly worthy ways to invest time in your body, soul and mind. But it's not all fun and games when it comes to taking care of yourself, and keeping up with medical appointments and checkups is critical to living a long, healthy life.
Regular checkups or treatment appointments let you stay ahead of any health issues, best manage medication and consult your health care providers about appropriate diet and exercise. If you're falling behind with medical checkups, take a few minutes during September to schedule the necessary appointments.
2. Practice the 7 Pillars of Self-Care
The International Self-Care Foundation published the seven pillars of self-care to help individuals develop a comprehensive approach to taking care of themselves.
3. Invest in Yourself
We spend our resources — time, money and emotional investment — on the things we most value. Make sure you make some decisions that invest in you and know that you are valuable. You might:
However you invest in yourself, never feel guilty for doing so. Self-care is important for everyone, and a healthier, happier you is more able to serve others.