Self-care Day – 24 July 2023 – what will you do?

Self-Care Day is on 24th July. This symbolic day was chosen because self-care can be practiced “24 hours a day/7 days a week”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describe Self-Care Month as an opportunity to:

  • raise additional awareness about self-care and self-care interventions.
  • celebrate the benefits that they bring to people’s lives and what’s been achieved so far.
  • call for renewed commitments and action to expand health systems to include self-care interventions.

WHO defines self-care as individuals, families and communities promoting and maintaining their own health, preventing disease, and coping with illness and disability, with or without the support of a health worker.

Self-care interventions are the evidence-based tools that support self-care. They include medicines, counselling, diagnostic kits and digital technologies. Now is an exciting time with more and more tools being developed.

Self-care is about empowering people to be active agents in their own healthcare. Doing so not only puts people at the centre of their own healthcare, but also relieves pressures on health systems.

How will you practice self-care on 24/7?

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