What are self-care and how can you benefit from it? The self-care concept is a relatively new grand theory devised by Dorothea Orem, RN, during the early stages of the 1960’s. The idea is also known as the Orem’s Model of nursing. It’s particularly effective in primary care and rehabilitation settings, in which the caregiver is continually encouraged to be as involved as possible with the patient. Let’s explore some of the benefits of this model of self-sufficiency.
First, if you think about it, what is self-care? Self-care involves giving yourself a break. It could be taking a short walk, meditating or just listening to your favorite music. Practicing relaxation techniques can help you unwind and regain your energy for the day ahead. Many doctors advocate daily meditation for patients who are bed ridden due to a sickness or disease.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or run down by day to day life, why not take a break? Take a leisurely stroll. Plan a day out and enjoy a holiday. Many people practice yoga or meditation and cut out the old calendars and all the compulsive eating and procrastinating that gets in the way of their lives. Why not enjoy life a little more!
Second, self-care can prevent diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Studies have shown that people who take care of themselves are much less likely to develop any of these debilitating diseases. They also tend to lead healthy, active lives, which is something to be proud of. The good news is that self-care doesn’t need to take much time or money. You can indulge in your favorite activity or stay home and relax with the television while you brush up on your health.
Third, self-care has a lot to do with our relationships. Studies have shown that the care a person receives is related to how he or she interacts with others. Those who care too much are less social butterfly, while those who take care but are too idle aren’t so fun to be around. So, if you’re struggling with self-care, learn to spend some time with your family and friends, engage in meaningful activities, and show your family and friends how much you care for them.
Your attitude is important when it comes to what is self-care. Do you find yourself dragging yourself out of bed on a Friday morning, only to crawl back in on Monday? If so, find a way to get your daily self care into your day. Commit to making a plan and stick to it. Find ways to reduce your stress levels and provide your family and friends with your full attention.