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International Self-Care Day

Treat yourself this International Self-Care Day - take the time to relax, reflect, and recharge!
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It's time to show yourself some love and appreciation on International Self-Care Day on July 24th! This special day has been around since 2012, when it was created to encourage people to practice self-care and take time for themselves. It's a great opportunity for everyone to set aside some time to relax, reflect, and recharge. From spa days to yoga classes or simply taking a break, there are so many fun ways you can celebrate this holiday. So go ahead and give yourself the gift of self-care – your body and mind will thank you!

History of International Self-Care Day

International Self-Care Day Dates

International Self-Care Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Self-Care Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>International Self-Care Day was established in 2012 by the World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI) to promote the importance of self-care routines to overall health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expanding the Message</div><div class='timeline-text'>In its second year, the day began to be recognized by more health organizations and individual practitioners globally, spreading the message of self-care.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Social Media Boost</div><div class='timeline-text'>As social media usage increased, #InternationalSelfCareDay started trending, introducing the concept of self-care to an even broader audience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emergence of Self-Care Businesses</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the growing recognition of self-care, businesses focusing on wellness and self-care products started emerging.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Self-Care in Medical Practice</div><div class='timeline-text'>Medical practitioners started to incorporate self-care strategies into their treatment plans, recognizing the benefits for mental and physical health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Focus During Pandemic</div><div class='timeline-text'>The importance of self-care was further emphasized during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Self-Care Day highlighting the need for mental health support and relaxation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Self-Care Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a day off</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the day off work and enjoy some time to yourself. Spend the day doing activities that you enjoy, whether it be reading a book, taking a long walk, or just taking an extra long nap.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to the spa</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pamper yourself and go to the spa. Take advantage of massages, facials, mani/pedis, and any other service you would like to enjoy. Relax and enjoy some self-care!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a journal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write down your thoughts in a journal and explore your feelings. Reflect on your experiences, feelings, and emotions and use this as an opportunity to grow and learn about yourself.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spend time with family & friends</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend quality time with your loved ones. Reconnect with family and friends and spend time doing activities that make you happy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Treat yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Buy yourself something special or treat yourself to a delicious meal. Do something that makes you feel happy and pampered.</p></div></div>

Why International Self-Care Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Self-care helps prevent burnout</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking time to practice self-care is important because it allows us to take a step back and reevaluate our lives. Prioritizing your mental health and taking the time to relax prevents burnout and allows you to be more productive and successful in all aspects of life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Self-care promotes well being</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By making sure we get enough rest, exercise, nutrition, and leisure activities, we give ourselves the opportunity to stay physically and mentally healthy. Practicing self-care can also help reduce stress levels, improve our moods, and give us an overall sense of wellbeing.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Self care helps build relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking time for yourself not only benefits you, but also the relationships you have with others. Not only does having more energy make you more enjoyable to be around, but by practicing self care you can set a good example for other people in your life and encourage them to prioritize their own wellness as well!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about International Self-Care Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>July 24 Represents a 24-hour Model of Self-Care</h3><p class='facts-content'>The date, July 24 (24/7), was chosen to underline the importance of self-care and that it can and should be conducted each day of the year, 24 hours a day, not just once every so often.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Idea of Self-Care Originates from Ancient Greece</h3><p class='facts-content'>The concept of self-care dates back to ancient Greece, philosopher Socrates discussed it through the idea of caring for one's personal health as a religious duty.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Self-Care Includes Seven Pillars According to World Health Organization</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are seven pillars of self-care according to WHO: Health Literacy, Self Awareness, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Risk Prevention, Good Hygiene, and Rational Use of Products and Services.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Historically Self-Care Used as Political Act</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the history of civil rights movements, self-care was considered a political act - an act of resistance and survival. The idea was particularly prominent in black feminist circles.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Self-care is an Essential Part of Health Management</h3><p class='facts-content'>Evidence suggests that self-care interventions can have a significant impact on health outcomes and global health priorities, contributing to the prevention, treatment and management of various health conditions.</p></div></div>

International Self-Care Day FAQs

When is International Self-Care Day?

International Self-Care Day is celebrated on July 24 every year. In 2024 International Self-Care Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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