On July 24th, the Defence Team is pleased to celebrate International Self-Care Day!

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International Self-Care Day 2019

Every year, International Self-Care Day (ISD) is recognized on July 24th.  Launched in 2011, International Self-Care Day aims to promote self-care as a vital foundation of health, while raising awareness of health-related programs around the world.

According to the World Health Organization, self-care is defined as, what people do for themselves to establish and maintain their health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.), socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.), and self-medication.”

Maintaining positive physical and mental health is an ongoing process that requires consistent work through self-care. The benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Taking the time to enjoy favourite activities, trying something new, connecting with family and friends, and keeping active are just a few small ideas that can have a big impact mental and physical health. In addition, the International Self-Care Foundation proposes a framework for practical self-care based on the following seven pillars:

  1. Health literacy;
  2. Self-awareness;
  3. Physical activity;
  4. Healthy eating;
  5. Risk avoidance or mitigation;
  6. Good hygiene; and
  7. Rational and responsible use of products and services.

It is important to take stock of our personal well-being and find ways to improve it whenever possible.

The Department of National Defence (DND) provides access to programs to help employees when the going gets tough. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, voluntary and neutral service available to civilian employees and their immediate family members when dealing with personal or professional issues that are affecting their personal well-being and/or work performance. If you are in need of support, please reach out to DND’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Peer Referral Agents (available during regular working hours) and professional mental health counselling services through Health Canada – Employee Assistance Services (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) at 1-800-268-7708.

Through self-care, people can be healthier and remain so into old age. They can also better manage, delay or even prevent the appearance of diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and many cancers. The Defence Team supports the health of its employees and recommends taking the time to “practice Self-Care” on July 24th and every day!

Additional health-related resources can also be accessed at the links below:

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