Health and social care organisations are encouraged to promote self care or self management as a way of managing overburdened services. There is another more important reason for self care however that often gets forgotten about and that is empowerment and self control. Most of us recognise the warm feeling of control when we have it. It is comforting, relaxing a sort of confidence in that we have got something right that we know what we are doing and why we are doing it – it is power!
Self Care is also about taking the time to take care of yourself and there is much theory out there on why this is important. In health and social care we perhaps do not emphasise this enough and people may feel that they have been abandoned to their own devices without any support, which should never happen.
Self care is about being able to check in to your own health and social care resource centre from time to time and to stock up on supplies. This might include sleep, rest, exercise, nutrition, education, companionship and support. Being assertive helps us to identity when our resources are low and asking for help from professionals or family and friends.
Whatever our role(s) in life we all need to care for ourselves which includes self compassion, for without it we may not to be able to care for anyone else, however much we try.
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