- The annual
observation of the International Self-Care Day on 24th July
aims to spread awareness on the key role of self-care in everyday life for
every man, woman and child.
- The 2017 theme
for International Self-Care Day is 'Get better with Self-Care'
- Self-care refers
to the everyday choices that individuals make regarding their own mental
and physical health, and fitness.
International Self-Care Day (ISD)
is celebrated each year on 24th
July to raise awareness on the importance of self-care in day-to-day life.
refers to the everyday choices and decisions that individuals make regarding
their own mental and physical health, and fitness. The WHO defines self-care as
"the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health,
prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with
or without the support of a health-care provider". Self-care happens to be one
of the foundational aspects of everyday health care, yet remains a largely
unappreciated public health concern.
‘The International Self-Care Day is celebrated each year on 24th July with the purpose of making the public aware of the essential role that self-care plays in healthy living.’
International Self-Care Day
by the International Self-Care Foundation (ISF), a UK based charity, in 2011.
Since then, every year, the day has been celebrated with a specific thematic
focus within the context of self-care. It provides an opportunity for media
outreach and hopes to create an understanding of the importance of self-care in
Self-Care Day 2017:'Get
better with Self-Care'
2017, the theme for the ISD is 'Get better with Self-Care'. Patients,
physicians, health care providers, pharmacists and all other stakeholders in
health management are invited to play a vital role in promoting the importance
of self-care within their communities. The ISF is organizing various
outreach programmes based on the theme in Kunming, China.
A Brief History
the dawn of human civilization, men and women have taken care of their own
health. Individual health care as a common practice, particularly within the
family, has been taken-for-granted. It was only around the 19th
that science and technology moved ahead with leaps and bounds. Medical science
was one of the primary beneficiaries of these advances. New medical discoveries
were made that revolutionized health care, and individuals heaved a sigh of
relief as physicians took over the task of caring for their health. At this
point of time, self-care and self-medication were even considered thoroughly
undesirable, unhealthy practices, and were relegated to the background.
was only in the 21st
Century that self-care has slowly made its way
back to the forefront of health care. Today, caring for our own health and
well-being, is fundamental to daily living.
care or self-care refers to the entire gamut of healthy lifestyle choices
including healthy eating, lifestyle changes like quitting
, proper hygiene, healthy living conditions and
environment, fitness regimes, correct self-medication. It is not just vital
to be aware of the need for self-care. One also has to be familiar with safe,
correct ways of taking care of one's self.
for Effective and Healthy Self-Care
is therefore clear why self-care is a top priority for a healthy, disease-free
- A balanced
diet with the correct amount of nutrients is the first step towards
- Regular physical
activity along with light exercise which can
involve performing household chores, playing, walking, jogging, cycling,
dancing. You need to be conscious of your weight, your bone and joint
muscles and of reducing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
- Personal hygiene is often overlooked, but this happens to be
of paramount importance when it comes to maintaining health. Keep your
hands and nails clean at all times.
Wash your hands with soap after using the washroom, before and
after handling food, when returning home from outside and after coming
into contact with sick people, or stray animals.
- Women should take
care to maintain menstrual hygiene.
Wash yourselves well and use regular change of hygienic sanitary napkins.
Wash your private parts each time a change is made. Sanitary hygiene
should be maintained by men, women and children.
- Tobacco kills. So
quit smoking or any other forms of tobacco use. Avoid alcohol,
or at least reduce, excessive consumption of alcohol.
- 6-8 hours of
sound sleep is essential for adults and children. Sleep heals the mind and the body, enhances
the general quality of life, and is essential for physical and emotional
well-being of humans.
- Drink lots of
water to detoxify the body and remain
hydrated. Use clean water for drinking and cooking. Maintain
cleanliness while preparing and consuming food.
health is as vital as physical health. Be positive, reduce mental
- Keep your
environment clean. A healthy
environment means a healthy, happy you. Do not throw garbage in open areas
as that could lead to various infections and diseases.
- Remember to get
yourself and your child vaccinated against certain infectious
diseases and other
communicable and non-communicable diseases, at the proper times.
- Protect yourself
against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Use
contraceptives, and restrict engaging in intercourse with multiple
- In case you are
self-medicating, inform yourself about the safety and side-effects of
over-the-counter medications. Certain drugs are easily accessible
without a physician's prescription or the supervision of any health care
professional. The consumer has to therefore, take complete responsibility,
and use these drugs sensibly.
Keep yourself informed about certain
common disease conditions, such as heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, certain
cancers like breast cancer (women should self-examine themselves for early
signs), lung cancer, prostate cancer, obesity-related diseases, acidity and
heartburn, eye problems, digestive disorders and liver-related diseases. Take
care of yourself and your loved ones, but do so responsibly. Learn to
appreciate the urgency of self-care in your life.
- Looking Forward To International Self-Care Day 24 July 2017 - (http://isfglobal.org/looking-forward-international-self-care-day-24-july-2017/)
- Self Care for Health - (http://apps.searo.who.int/PDS_DOCS/B5084.pdf)