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Seven Pillars of Self-Care in 2021

Seven Pillars of Self-Care in 2021

Posted on July 15, 2021

By Michael Cardillo, Safety Trainer

Since March 2020, much of the global has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This event has upended many aspects of both our personal and work lives. As we all have adjusted and adapted to this profound time of change, recognizing the importance of self-care has never been more important. I remember fondly my grandfather speaking to me about the importance of good food, lots of rest and to take it easy; these, in his view, were the keys to a long and healthy life. On July 24, 2021 is International Self-Care Day, an important date to pause and reflect on the essential of maintaining personal health.

The seven pillars of self-care are as follows:

  • Health literacy
  • Self-awareness
  • Physical activity
  • Health eating
  • Risk avoidance
  • Good hygiene
  • Optimal use of products and services

Many of these factors are practiced as healthy lifestyle choices but can be overlooked due to burdens and stress at both home and work – this past year and a half has amplified these stresses. On July 24, take a moment to reflect and recall if you are caring for yourself and if there are opportunities for improvement.

The pillars of self-care list the importance of health literacy skills and mental well-being, including life satisfaction, optimism, having a purpose in life, a sense of belonging and support. Additionally, it notes the impacts of regular activity (which improves health and reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases) and healthy eating (reducing overeating and consumption of nutrient-poor, calorie dense foods). Often, an unhealthy diet is a major contributing factor for chronic diseases and poor health.

Also, consider risk mitigation. In terms of health, this means avoiding or reducing behaviors that directly increase the risk of disease or death. Maintaining proper hygiene, in turn, improves and preserves health and prevents the spread of diseases. This has been especially stressed during the pandemic and has been a key point of numerous public health messaging.

The final pillar of self-care is the rational and responsible use of health products and services. This pillar involves individuals safely and effectively managing their health using medicines, where appropriate, as well as other products or services. Further, taking the time to understand and take advantage of health coverage offered is considered a good and proactive self-care practice.

All of us at Made Safe would like to wish you a happy and healthy International Self-Care Day. For more information on how to implement best care and safety practices in your workplace, please contact

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