Food, Health, Mental Health

Why Self-Care is Important

Remembering to take care of yourself should be easy, but it’s something even the best of us can often forget to do from time to time. With Canadians spending so much time focusing on work, school, or other goals and achievements, our health often gets put on the back burner. If you find yourself running on a busy schedule it’s important to set aside some time each day to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and ensuring all your health needs – physical and mental – are met.

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Below, Vancouver physician Dr. Ali Ghahary shares some important self-care health tips that everyone can do.

First and foremost, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that nearly fifty percent of Canadians don’t get the recommended amount of sleep needed each night – which is approximately 8 hours. Getting enough sleep can improve your memory – thus improving performance in school or at work, and can help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed the next morning. If you’re not getting enough sleep, however, that can lead to things like high blood pressure as well as an increased risk of heart disease, both of which can have a serious impact on one’s quality of life.


Another important aspect of self-care is to take care of your mental health. When we feel overworked, we often feel stressed, and this can have a significant impact on your ability to lead a healthy, normal life. To reduce stress, there are many different things you can try. Regular exercise, for example, is a great stress reliever. Physical activity releases feel-good chemicals into the brain known as endorphins. The great thing about it is you don’t need to do strenuous exercise in order to notice the benefits. Working out for as little as 30 minute per day – such as going for a short walk or doing yoga – can significantly improve how you feel mentally.


Lastly, make sure you are eating well-balanced, healthy meals. Skipping meals or having small snacks throughout the day not only stops your body from getting all of the proper, important nutrients that it needs – but you actually might wind up feeling hungrier in the long-run, too. Breakfast is said to be one of the most important meals of the day, so before you head off to work or school in the morning, make sure you eat! Examples of a healthy breakfast include eggs, avocado and toast, or yogurt. More healthy breakfast ideas can be found on Pinterest.


Follow Dr. Ali Ghahary on social media for more self-care tips throughout the week.