Self-care and stress management are some of the most important things you can do for yourself. Self-care is a way for us to engage in stress mangement.
We all experience stress from time to time, and that can be good because it is part of our fight or flight response. But chronic stress causes a lot of diseases such as digestive problems, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, inability to concentrate and more (Mayo Clinic). Stress is one cause of inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease (Harvard Health). Not only does stress affect your body, but it also affects mental health and can put you at greater risk for depression and anxiety (Psych Central ; Mayo Clinic).
Being as how stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body, it is likely self-evident as to why self-care becomes an important lifestyle change to make.
While it is unlikely that we can avoid stress altogether, we can do things to mitigate its effects. That’s why regular self-care is something we all need. Ideally, we want to PREVENT the burnout and health problems – we want to stop it BEFORE it begins. For those who are already in those stages, we want to keep it from getting worse and heal ourselves wherever we can.