A message from Dr. Nel Wieman, Acting Chief Medical Officer
International Self-Care Day (July 24) is a good time to check in with ourselves about what we are doing to take care of our wholistic wellness – that is, our mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Taking stock of our health and wellness habits, not just on a particular day but on an ongoing basis, can help us determine what's working for us, or what we might want to change or adjust. As each of us is unique, self-care plans will be different for everyone.
The theme for this year's International Self-Care Day is “resilience, adaptability, and thriving in adversity"; it is a call to action on a world-wide scale to develop resilience, which helps us manage stress and cope with negative emotions. By practising regular self-care that nurtures all aspects of ourselves -- mental, spiritual, physical and emotional – we become stronger and better able to cope with the difficulties of life. In other words, we build our resilience.
Following are some examples of self-care practices:
Self-care can help prevent health problems, and in some cases can be more effective than having to treat problems after they've developed. That's why, at the FNHA, our work is based on the philosophy of “health through wellness." We support and promote programs, resources, and activities that provide First Nations people in BC with services and options for lifestyles and health care that will help make and keep communities strong.
At the same time, we work to improve or change things in the health care system that do not meet this standard for our people. We are deeply committed to helping build our shared vision of healthy, self-determining, and vibrant First Nations children, families, and communities.
Follow the FNHA's social media channels and check out our website for expert information about maintaining good health and wellness, treatment centres, resources, programs, and more.
As well, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has several good self-care tips: