What is A Self-Care Awareness Month
The World Health Organization announced the first self-care awareness month in 2019. The idea of this month is to encourage people to improve their level of self-care.
What is Self-Care?
The World health Organization 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 healthcare provider”.
At Simplesavvysmart.com we have a simple and savvy self-care definition. For us self-care is the ability to make ourselves feel better. For example: when we are having a headache, we know that drinking more water, applying warmth or relaxation can improve our state of well-being.
Self-care includes different areas of life: physical, mental, emotional, financial and social. When we feel better, we are stronger and will perform better in all areas of life!
Three Stats that Deserve Attention During Self-Care Awareness Month
- Freedom to make life choices makes us happy.
Why this matters: Freedom means that every day of our life we have the choice to make better decisions for ourselves. Better decisions means more self-care, more strength and thus more happiness. We are not victims of our circumstances. We hold it in our hands. (Source: worldhappiness.report)
- Trusting others makes us happy.
Why this matters: Being able to trust others means we are not alone. As social beings we need others to have a sense of belonging, safety and support. This means that reaching out to others can be a great act of self-care. (Source: worldhappiness.report)
- Giving during self-care awareness month.
Why this matters: “Giving makes us feel happy. A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton and colleagues found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves.” This means that when self-care is focused on making yourself feeling better it can also be very beneficial for others. (Source: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/)
Three Amazing Quotes For Self-Care Awareness Month
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”. Viktor Frankl
Why this matters: “Self-care helps us to reflect on our opportunities – especially in difficult times.
“Love has to be put into action, and that action is service”. Mother Teresa
Why this matters: “Giving is an act of love. Caring for ourselves can also mean sharing with others.
“The first wealth is health”. Waldo Emerson
Why this matters: Reminds us that we have to invest time in ourselves and especially in our wellbeing.
How To make Yourself Feel Better During Self-Care Awareness Month
- Drinking water – (between 91 and 125 ounces)
- Eat fresh fruits or veggies
- Exercise three times per week
- Focus on hugging. The “Cuddle hormone” oxytocin makes you happy and reduces stress
- Get familiar with simple stress management
- Pay attention to your emotions
- Set yourself one goal per day
- Visualize your goals
- Improve your mental strength
- Meet a loved once per week
- Train your listening skills
- Focus on giving
- Pay your bills
- Find a stock you like and get a brokerage account
- Find a financial role model
A Word From SimpleSavvySmart.com
When we feel better, we are stronger and will perform better in all areas of life! Use the self-care month to find simple activities you really enjoy and create a savvy habit.