​​​​​​​​​​July 24th is International Self-Care Day

International Self-Care Day happens every July 24th (7/24) to remind everyone that the benefits of self-care are experienced 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This year’s theme is “Feel Good, 7/24”. Self-care includes all the things you do to stay healthy, prevent illness, or cope with a condition.  ​

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How can you practice self-care? ​

Here are seven ways:

  • Build your health literacy​​​ - Health literacy means using many different skills to get, understand, communicate, and use information to make informed decisions about your ​health and navigate the health care system. Contact a UHN Patient Library to learn more about how you can improve your health literacy. ​​​
  • Be aware of your physical and mental condition by keeping track of your health, such as knowing your weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and when to go for screening tests.
  • Be physically active – Physical activity and exercise can help improve and maintain your health. A few ways you can be physically active is by walking, cleaning the house, gardening, or playing sports. Remember to talk to your health care provider first to see which types of physical activities are safest for you. 
  • Eat healthy by having a nutritious and balanced diet. A registered dietitian can help you choose foods that meet your health needs.
  • Reduce your risks – This includes activities such as quitting smoking, limiting how much alcohol you drink, and using sunscreen.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, and staying home if you are feeling sick.
  • Use products, services, diagnostic tests, and medicines responsibly. For example, if your doctor prescribes a new medication, ask them what the medicine is for, how to take them and for how long, and if there are any side effects to watch for.

  • (Adapted from the International Self-Care Foundation)

    Last reviewed: 1/17/2019
    Last modified: 1/18/2019 11:25 AM