Self-care is an integral part of your mental, physical, and overall health. You need it to help prevent burnout, chronic stress, or exhaustion. Think of it as a renewable energy source; without it your lights go dim, your white blood cells lose their glow, and your engine sputters out.
Self-care plays a significant role in mental health as well. It ensures you’re coping with stress in healthy ways, owning your feelings, and communicating assertively in your relationships. It not only prevents medical illness, but also manages it when needed, and connects you to proper lines of support.
If self-care is lacking, most relationships suffer too. No one knows how to care for you better than you do... and it can damage relationships when one or another person refuses to take care of themselves.
At the community level, chronic self-neglect can influence a variety of public health issues.