Geriatrician, Hospitalist, Patient Advocate, Healthcare Educator

Prioritize Your Wellness and Self-care

Photo by Marco Tjokro

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

August is National Wellness Month reminding us to prioritize our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. Self-care and wellness go hand in hand as achieving that equilibrium of wellness requires taking care of yourself. Self-care is a general term and means different things to different people but overall is a way to feel good about yourself, find inner peace, and at the same time, reduce stress. The list of things that you can do for self-care is vast, but here are some things that can be done to achieve that wellness goal.


  • Walk, hike, jog, yoga, aerobics class
  • Get some fresh air, you can even get in a nice sunrise or sunset
  • Consider getting a fitness tracker to motivate you

Eat healthy

  • Incorporate those colorful fruit and vegetables in your diet
  • Cut down on sugar intake

Drink plenty of water


  • Treat yourself to the spa
  • Spend time with family and friends either in person, call, or video chat
  • Meditate, practice deep breathing
  • Slow down and literally smell the roses
  • Candles, soothing music
  • Read
  • Watch a nice movie


  • Don’t skimp on the sleep, your body needs the rest to recharge

At the end of the day, self-care translates to self-love. And we could all use more of that.