Self-care describes in a practical, person-centred way what we should all be doing to maintain our health, wellness and wellbeing. Through self-care people can be healthier and remain so into old age, managing minor ailments themselves. We can also better manage, delay or even prevent the appearance of lifestyle diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and many cancers.
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THE SEVEN PILLARS FRAMEWORK
There are many definitions of self-care – a 2011 study identified 139 different definitions! This is unhelpful and potentially distracting. ISF created and uses a middle-range description of self-care – the “Seven Pillars of Self-Care”.
APPEAL TO ENTREPENEURS
The International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) is a successful UK-registered charity focused uniquely on the strategic worldwide promotion and development of self-care and healthy lifestyles. The opportunity and need for individuals to take better care of themselves through self-care is huge.