Did you know that July 24 is International Self Care Day? What does self care mean to you? When I think self care, I think of anything and everything that we do to take care of ourselves: eating healthy, getting (or okay trying to get or at least thinking about getting!) exercise, and taking care of ourselves both mentally and physically.
Now if you’re looking for the real definition of self care here it is according to the World Health Organization: self care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and self-medication.
Self medication. Like over the counter (OTC) medicines. I think OTC medicines are one of the most powerful and affordable self care tools available to us. If we use them properly as needed, we can avoid costly visits to see the doctor and getting prescriptions filled. To me they are the first step in self care when you feel a cold coming on or when you are feeling run down and tired.
As a mom, a huge part of self care is being supermom to the kids – you have to remember to take care of yourself AND the kids…easier said than done sometimes! I’ve got some tips that will help you become of the supermom of self care.
- It is SO important it is to store OTC medicines properly. Sometimes medicines can look like candy, so it’s critical to keep them away from little ones. Keep them up high, locked up, and away from the interest and attention of children.
- Follow OTC medicine instructions directly as suggested. If the medicines aren’t helping or you are feeling worse, call your doctor for advice before making an appointment.
- During Day Light Savings Time (or every 6 months) put a note on your calendar to check your medicine cabinet for any prescription or OTC medicines that have expired. Make sure to dispose of them properly. These tips are great if you aren’t sure how to dispose of them.
- Does your family take a daily multivitamin or other supplements? It’s easy to forget to take them sometimes, so make sure that you keep them in a place (away from the kids) that you will see them everyday.
So what tips can you share that help you practice the self care of yourself and your family? Maybe it’s something as simple as sharing a quick, healthy meal or a fun family activity that you all do together for exercise…I’d love to hear them all!