There are a number of things we should be doing for our health on a daily basis. We should be exercising at least 30 minutes a day. We should be following a healthy diet. We should be aiming to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.

But with all that, do you know what else we should be doing for our health? We should be taking time for self-care.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants to share some information about the importance of self-care. Read on as we take a look.

Why Is Self-Care Important?

When we practice self care, we are able to not only care for our mental and physical health, but we are also doing something for our emotional health.

That’s because self-care isn’t simply taking a bubble bath or heading out for a day at the spa. It encompasses any action you take that cares for your own health and well-being. Not regularly devoting time to yourself can actually hurt your health.

Effects of Poor Self-Care

  • Decrease in self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of empathy
  • Distractibility
  • Anger
  • Fatigue

What Steps Can You Take to Start Practicing Self-Care?

Focus on what you need and want! Self-care is about taking care of yourself, and that includes your physical, mental and emotional health.

Actions don’t have to be big—self-care can be something as simple as carving out time for your annual checkup or scheduling time to fit in exercise.

Other Ways to Improve Mental Health

  • Value yourself.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Surround yourself with good people.
  • Learn how to deal with stress.
  • Quiet your mind.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Break up the monotony.

Not feeling like yourself? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment necessary.