I have this theory that longevity is based on good self-care!
For some of you this may sound like common sense but our society is not able to wrap its head around the concept of good self-care. The focus of self-care these days is that it is about a spa day or 12 step programs that promise the earth.
But here’s my definition. I think of self-care as deliberate and self-initiated action that is learned, purposeful and continuous. The action being health decisions that people make for themselves in order to stay physically and mentally fit.
This definition does challenge you to think long term as well as take care of minor ailments. And if you are 50+, thinking long term means thinking about aging – and how to age well!
And yes, to enable one to do enhanced self-care, it’s best to be supported in various ways and by different service providers. If, for instance, there is a major medical issue where there is a lot to manage, such as prescribed drugs and their side-effects, emotional issues, maybe for the whole family to face, changes to lifestyle and knowledge acquisition to assist in decision making, then it’s best to build a support team. If one is thinking – I’m not getting any younger, it’s time to kick in some self-care…well, I have found it’s best to start with small changes which create a good impact, so that one’s body gets a taste of how good it feels to be proactive!
Good genes may shape you but they don’t define you. Self-care can define you.
Benefits of self-care were analyzed by the Caerphily heart Disease Study and evidence showed a risk reduction in chronic diseases (including dementia and cognitive impairment) to be significantly associated with self-care and healthy lifestyle.
Growing into your future with health and grace. Let’s do it!