Seven Pillars of Self Care

Health literacy – understanding how your health can impact your wellbeing and how your actions can make a difference.

Self-awareness – understanding your current physical and mental health as well as how you can improve in these areas.

Physical activity – understanding how physical activity, in all of its forms, have benefits to our physical and mental health and making efforts to increase your own activity level in ways you enjoy.

Healthy eating – understanding the role of a healthy diet in improving your physical and mental health and including foods that promote good health.

Risk avoidance or mitigation – understanding the impact of unhealthy behaviours and trying to reduce their impact by quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol, getting vaccinated, practicing safe sex, using sunscreens, etc.

Good hygiene – understanding the risks of poor hygiene and working to avoid those risks by washing hands regularly, brushing teeth, washing food when preparing meals, etc.

Rational and responsible use of products, services, diagnostics and medicines – understanding  that using health products responsibly is important to avoid complications and asking experts for advice when starting medications, supplements, and avoiding potentially harmful products like cleanses, and extreme dieting practices.

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