Take Time for Self-Care & Personal Wellness

July 26, 2022

National Self-Care Awareness Day is celebrated each year on July 24th, and in honor, let’s take a moment to discuss what self-care is. Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health, well-being, and happiness. Self-care and personal wellness are essential for your health. Whether it be physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, social or professional, there are many ways to make sure your self-care is a part of your healthcare routine.


Ways to make personal wellness a priority:

  • Create a weekly self-care checklist
  • Get enough sleep
  • Focus on hygiene
  • Take a break when you feel stressed
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise
  • Journal
  • Make time for yourself
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Check-in with your primary care physician
  • Plan date nights
  • Go outdoors
  • Meditate
  • Read
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
  • Create routines for your day
  • Take time for relaxation
  • Enjoy a movie night


Take your self-care further with a primary care physician


Self-care also means taking care of your medical need. Unfortunately, many people only think about the doctor’s office when they get sick or injured. However, many of the healthiest people have routine primary health care and time for their personal self-care and wellness. Primary care manages your day-to-day health needs, and in fact, you can contact your primary care provider for many other things, including a question or to schedule an annual or quarterly check-up. No matter what kind of pillar of self-care you are looking at, having a check-up with your primary care physician can help ensure you are healthy all around.


Primary care physicians can help you:

  • Address a wide variety of health concerns
  • Refer you to specialists
  • Help to manage current health concerns
  • Detect problems early
  • Foster a doctor-patient relationship
  • Lower the cost of health care

It’s vital to take charge and be empowered about your health. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life, whether it’s finding some “me-time” or finding a health care provider that works for you.