February is the month of love and there couldn’t be a better time to focus on self-care.
Unemployment can cause stress and, in some cases, lead to emotional difficulties including depression and addiction.
Making a commitment to self-care can help your mental, emotional and physical health.
Self-care is about taking intentional actions to care for your well being. Being good to yourself can help you boost your confidence and may even help you land the job that you are interested in.
Self-care is not a new concept. Since the beginning of time, individuals have managed their health care primarily through self-care.
What exactly does self-care mean? The World Health Organization offers the following definition:
“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 (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure, etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’
Lifestyle related diseases account for 63% of annual deaths worldwide. That translates into 36 million deaths a year from diseases like cancer, heart attack and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes. That number is expected to increase by 15% in 2020.
Taking good care of ourselves is the best thing that we can do to prevent and manage illness.
Read Employment E-News – February 2016 – Be Good to Yourself!