Self-care simply means doing things for yourself that improve your physical, social, emotional/psychological health. In other words, engaging in self-care means you focus on your own needs with as much effort as you put into caring for so many others! Engaging in self-care results in increased energy, less stress, and lower risk of illness. When it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance, self-care is essential! All of the healthy behaviors required to lose weight and stay at a healthy weight are forms of self-care. For too many bariatric patients, the majority of their time and energy is given to the care of others… resulting in neglect of self. In this episode, you’ll hear about the importance of self-care and some of the reasons so many people neglect caring for themselves. Ultimately, a lack of self-care suggests a lack of healthy self-esteem and interferes with losing weight and keeping it off.
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