Is self-care the latest buzzword or is it something we should all be focusing on?

Last Updated on April 16, 2024 by Brendan Barnhill

We juggle many responsibilities, and we wear a number of hats. Between work and family commitments, we often neglect our own well-being in the process. After a while, this can take a toll on our health and long-term wellbeing. 

Amongst the chaos of life, one fundamental truth remains: self-care is not selfish; it’s essential. 

Taking care of ourselves isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity for leading a fulfilling and balanced life. Sometimes, the best form of self-care is recognising when it’s time to seek professional guidance.

Self-care is more than just bubble baths

Self-care is often associated with indulgent activities like bubble baths and spa days, but it’s much more than that. At its core, self-care is about nurturing all aspects of our well-being—physical, mental, and emotional. It involves developing healthy lifestyle habits and boundaries, prioritising rest and relaxation, engaging in activities that bring us joy, and practicing self-compassion.

The Importance of self-care

Prioritising self-care is vital for maintaining balance and preventing burnout. When we neglect our own needs, we become susceptible to stress, anxiety, and exhaustion, which can have serious consequences on our health and happiness. By making self-care a priority, we replenish our energy reserves, boost our resilience, and cultivate a greater sense of inner peace and contentment.

Recognising when to seek professional guidance

While regular self-care practices can work wonders for our well-being, there are times when we may need additional support. It’s important to know that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but rather a huge step towards healing and growth. Whether we’re struggling with physical symptoms, mental health challenges, or simply need guidance on adopting healthier lifestyle habits, consulting with a healthcare professional can provide invaluable support and expertise.

How healthcare practitioners can support your self-care journey

Healthcare professionals such as practitioners and wellness experts play a crucial role in supporting our self-care journey. Whether it’s a primary care physician, therapist, nutritionist, or practitioners experienced in alternative therapies, these professionals offer expertise, guidance, and personalised recommendations to help us achieve our health and wellness goals. From diagnosing and treating medical conditions to providing preventive care and lifestyle counseling, healthcare practitioners are important for helping us to achieve optimal health and happiness.

Embrace self-care for long-term wellness

Self-care isn’t just the latest buzzword or trend, it’s a fundamental aspect of living a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling life. By taking the time to look after the physical, emotional and mental aspects of your life, we prioritise our own needs and give ourselves the opportunity to thrive. 

If you don’t pick some time for rest, your body will choose it for you – source unknown.

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Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
Australia – AHPRA Registered Nurse with Nurse Practitioner
Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.